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Field Trip Friday: Canyon Lake

Canyon Lake
Canyon Lake is one of four reservoirs that were formed by the damming of the Salt River.
The lake was formed by the Mormon Flat Dam, which was completed in 1925 after two years of construction. Canyon Lake, with a surface area of 950 acres, is the third and smallest of four lakes created along the Salt River. 
Canyon Lake lies approximately 15 miles up the Apache Trail from Apache Junction and 51 miles east of Phoenix. It is within the Superstition Wilderness of Tonto National Forest. It is a popular stop along the Apache Trail, passing Tortilla Flat before reaching Apache Lake and Roosevelt Lake behind Theodore Roosevelt Dam.
Recreation: hiking trails, camping, and boating, all managed by the United States Forest Service
Fishing: Rainbow trout, largemouth bass, smallmouth bass, yellow bass, walleye, carp, etc.

To learn more about Canyon Lake visit: 

Goldfield Ghost Town
On the way to Canyon Lake you'll pass Goldfield Ghost Town. You can pan for gold, witness a Western gunfight or take a mine tour at this 1890 replica town.

For more information:

4650 N Mammoth Mine Rd, Apache Junction, AZ 85119
Phone: (480) 983-0333

Superstition Narrow Gauge Railroad
The Superstition Scenic Narrow-Gauge Railroad's 36″ gauge train consists of a Plymouth diesel pulling a passenger car and a caboose. A mile and a half of track circles the town, and the narrated journey lasts 20 minutes. The engineer tells of the history of Goldfield, the Superstition Mountains, and the desert southwest in general. The train departs every 35 minutes on a 20-minute journey.

For more information:

Superstition Narrow Gauge Railroad
(480) 983-0333 | Tickets $9 adults, $8 seniors, $6 children 5-12

Canyon Lake Marina and Campground  
Here, you'll revel in a playground with more than 28 miles of cactus-dotted shoreline, explore wondrous rock formations, discover peaceful private coves and spot countless species of birds, Big Horn sheep, deer, and javelina roaming freely through the landscape.  Best of all, you'll find new meaning in the spectacular Arizona sunsets that paint the canyon walls aglow. 

Waterski, jet ski, or wind sail with over 950 surface acres of sparkling waters to run.  Tuck into a secluded cove and fish for bass, trout, and many other kinds of fish, or take a leisurely cruise and marvel at the scenery.  Idyllic year-round weather makes Canyon Lake, Arizona a great destination for all watersports and camping enthusiasts.

Everything you'll need for a pleasant stay at Canyon Lake is available on the marina and campground premises.They are open year-round.

Make your boat your home away from home at the marina.  Bring your tent or RV for overnight lodging at our campground or come spend the day at the beach in our day use area.  Catch some rays or dive in for a dip at the campground swimming-only area.

Explore the lake on your boat or rent one here.  Indulge yourself with a historic sightseeing tour of the lake and surrounding canyons aboard the Dolly Steamboat.

Kayak Storage Including Launch and Parking $25.00 per Month

For more information:

16802 N.E. Highway 88   Tortilla Flat, AZ  85219-9898
Phone: (480) 288-9233

Goldfield Mine Tours
The Goldfield Mine Tour takes approximately 25 minutes.  It is an underground guided tour that takes you back in time to 100 years ago.  The guides are well versed on the history of the mine, town, gold mining equipment and procedures.  Hang on tight as the mineshaft shakes from exploding dynamite! Tours can leave every 10 minutes for large groups. Big savings on the three pack, Train, Mine Tour and Mystery Shack.

Admission $9 adults, $8 seniors, $6 children 6-12

For more information:

4650 N Mammoth Mine Rd, Apache Junction, AZ 85119
Phone: (480) 983-0333

Tortilla Flat
For more information:

Gold Panning at Prospector's Palace
Stop in at the Prospector's Place to pan for gold. You will be guided and taught by a true gold historian who will show you the proper way to pan for gold. Any gold you find is yours to keep (very small slivers of gold no nuggets!). It's a fun place and informative considering the mining techniques they devised there are still used today.

For more information:

Gold Panning $7 adults, $6 children 12 & under, 10:00 am to 4:30 pm

4650 N. Mammoth Mine Rd
Apache Junction, AZ 85119
Phone: (480) 982-0276 

Dolly Steamboat
Sightseeing and Dinner Steamboat Cruises on Arizona's Beautiful Canyon Lake
Nestled in the heart of the Superstition Mountains lies spectacular Canyon Lake, home of the Dolly Steamboat. Continuing a tradition of cruising since 1925, the Dolly Steamboat now cruises the secluded inner waterways of this beautiful lake.

View the majestic desert big horn sheep, bald eagles and a host of other wildlife, water fowl and birds. Experience the unique ambiance that is created by the sounds of plying through the waters of Canyon Lake.  Listen as your captain recounts the legends and lore of the mysterious Superstition Mountains. Expect to be treated with outstanding service and personal attention to your every need. Feel free to ask questions, move about and mingle with the crew.

Scenic Nature Cruise on Canyon Lake
During this 1.5-hour, 6-mile cruise you may see desert bighorn sheep, bald eagles and a host of other animals viewed from the decks of the Dolly! We also touch on the beautiful flora from the stately Saguaro cacti to the microscopic organism called desert varnish.
From $23

Twilight Dinner Cruise on Canyon Lake
Our dinner cruises offer all of the grandeur of the daily cruise plus the ambiance of the twilight. Observe Canyon Lake wildlife as they settle in for the evening. A twilight dinner cruise aboard the Dolly is an experience you'll never forget. You'll take a "Mark Twain" voyage, while you relax and admire the breathtaking scenery.
From $55.85. AFTER tax and gratuity, the price is $64.95 per person.

Astronomy Dinner Cruise on Canyon Lake
From $62.73 (Price does not reflect tax and gratuity)
Join us for an astronomy dinner cruise aboard the Dolly steamboat. Take a "Mark Twain" voyage and admire the breathtaking scenery as you enjoy a presentation on the solar system with Dr. Sky.

For more information:

16802 AZ-88, Tortilla Flat, AZ 85117
Phone: (480) 827-9144

The Mystery Shack
Walk at 45-degree angles, water runs from faucets without being connected to pipes, the ghostly pool-table refuses to let you hit the balls straight and always seem to go into the same pocket, objects hang from the ceiling at 45-degree angles and no matter how hard you push them back, they will always swing back to their ghostly, slanted position. 

For more information:

Tickets $6 adults, $5 seniors, $4 children 6-12

4650 N Mammoth Mine Rd, Apache Junction, AZ 85119
Phone: (480) 983-0333

Well Done Grill at Canyon Lake
For more information:

Boulder Creek Bridge, Tortilla Flat, Arizona 85190, United States
Phone: (928) 487-0146

Snack Bar Hours
Open today
10:30 am-5:00 pm

Arizona Hiking Shack

  •     Camping Gear (tent, camp table, chairs)
  •     Cooking (stove options, cooking pots, camp utensils
  •     Entertainment (books)

For more information:

3244 E. Thomas Road, Phoenix, AZ 85018
Phone: (602) 944-7723

Superstition Reptile Exhibit
If you are planning a trip to the Sonoran Desert we hope that you will come visit us at the Superstition Live Reptile Exhibit, located at the base of the Superstition Mountains. Come see our many reptiles & invertebrates on display at our exhibit and enjoy the species and all our animals on live display whether seasonal or year-round. This is something you do not want to miss!

For more information:

Admission: $5 for Adults, $4 for kids 17 & under, and children under 6 are free with an adult.

Superstition Reptile Exhibit
4650 N Mammoth Mine Rd 
Apache Junction, Arizona 85119 

Siphon Draw Apothecary
Hand Crafted Soap, natural deodorants and more made here at Siphon Draw Apothecary using only the finest natural and organic ingredients. They also sell Organic Herbal tea blended locally in AZ, Pure Raw Local AZ Honey, Holistic Health Supplements, tinctures and healing salves.

For more information, visit:

Siphon Draw Apothecary
4650 N Mammoth Mine Rd, Apache Junction, AZ 85119
(480) 528-6247

Superstition Zipline
Ride the Zipline only $12 per person 
Business Hours: Monday-Thursday 10 AM  6 PM Friday-Sunday 10 AM-7 PM 
Reservations only required for after-hours Sunset Flights & Night Flights, Friday through Sunday.

For more information:

4650 N. Mammoth Mine Rd
Apache Junction, AZ 85119
(480) 982-0075 

Jeremy Piven @ Stand Up Live

Show Times and Ticket Prices
Friday, June 8th 7:30 PM 
 -21 & over 
Saturday, June 9th 7:00 PM 
 -21 & over       

Ticket Price: $25.00 / $31.11
V.I.P: $50.00 / $58.26

For more information:

Stand Up Live
50 W. Jefferson St. 
Phoenix, AZ 85003
Box Office #: (480) 719-6100