65 miles round trip
Directions: From Mesa take U.S. 60 east, exit at Idaho Road and travel north to connect with Highway 88.
The Apache Trail is one of the most popular day trips from the Phoenix-Mesa metro area. Follow the footsteps that Native Americans and hopeful prospectors took over 100 years ago. The trail features miles of spectacular desert wilderness and scenic beauty.
Ghostly, volcanic Superstition cliffs rise 2,000 feet, hiding the Lost Dutchman Mine, one of the most storied mines of the West. The Superstiton Mountain Lost Dutchman Museum displays the artifacts, history and folklore of the Superstition Mountains and surrounding region.
In the 1890s Goldfield was a booming community. Located on a little knoll off Mammoth Mine Road, Goldfield Ghost Town offers a guided tour of a reconstructed section of the Mammoth Mine. There are unique shops, a saloon and a general store. Enjoy a grilled steak, or just pan for gold. Jeep and helicopter tours are on site.
In the Tonto National Forest, Canyon Lake Marina offers the Lakeside Restaurant with fine dining and spectacular views. Marine and fishing supplies are available for boaters and fishing enthusiasts.
Climb aboard the Dolly Steamboat at Canyon Lake and cruise the secluded inner waterways on a Nature Cruise or a Twilight Dinner Cruise. Don't forget your camera and binoculars!
The famous authentic stagecoach stop of Tortilla Flat is nestled in the Superstition Mountain Wilderness. Belly up to the bar and get the best "Old West" burgers and home-style chili and salsa, then stop by the Old-Fashioned Ice Cream-Candy store and try the Prickly Pear ice cream.
On your way back to town, be sure to leave room for The Historic Mining Camp Restaurant. Located at the base of the beautiful Superstition Mountains and built from the ground up, this one-of-a-kind restaurant has been serving family-style dinners in the mining camp tradition for more than fifty years. Hearty dinner plates of barbecue ribs and roasted ham and chicken are paired with some of the freshest rolls served hot and with a side of cactus jelly. Also inside is the newest dining experience, The Dutchman's Hide Out. You haven't had a steak until you've tasted one fired with Arizona's famous mesquite wood - another staple on the new restaurant's menu. Live entertainment is another reason to stop in and set a spell - often times with a dash of comedy and hi-jinx mixed in.
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