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Dolly Steamboat

16802 NE Highway 88, Tortilla Flat

$10 for a 90-Minute Narrated Nature Cruise from Dolly Steamboat ($20 Value)

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Melissatop reviewer helpful reviewer
28 ratings24 reviews
October 18, 2020
Great couple are boat ride. The area was beautiful!! It was a beautiful drive there
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October 17, 2020
Excellent tour
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October 10, 2020
Beautiful tour. Highly recommended
Rosytop reviewer
23 ratings16 reviews
October 1, 2020
It’s was kinda hot when we went but it was still nice a nice thing to see! And enjoy!
3 ratings1 reviews
September 30, 2020
It was very nice and happy to have gone on this 90 minute cruise. Not too many people of board so that made it nice as well. Beautiful scenery............
1 ratings1 reviews
September 28, 2020
We had a great time! The tour was informative, the crew friendly and the scenery gorgeous.
Bonnietop reviewer
21 ratings7 reviews
September 26, 2020
We had an excellent time. The staff are fun and attentive. The views are beautiful. We highly recommend this adventure👏👏
marytop reviewer
16 ratings10 reviews
September 16, 2020
Loved it!!!
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About This Deal

For fans of nature documentaries, that first venture out into the natural can be a frightening and bewildering experience, especially when no halting British voice explains the confusing scenery. Overcome the perplexities of the outdoors with today’s Groupon: for $10, you get a 90-minute narrated nature cruise on the Dolly Steamboat, which makes its home at Canyon Lake Marina in Tortilla Flat. Tickets are normally $20 for adults, $12 for children ages five to 12, and free for children under four (prices include tax). Tours leave at noon and 2 p.m. every day (the 2 p.m. trip is reservation only).

While perched on the decks of a sternwheeler straight out of Mark Twain’s rowdy river days, passengers aboard the Dolly Steamboat float merrily down the liquid highway that runs between Canyon Lake’s cliff walls, which tower up to 500 feet above the water. During the fully narrated excursion, the captain will discuss the lore and legends of the historic Apache Trail and the nearby Superstition Mountains. During the trip, turn your attention toward cliffhanging spies disguised as bighorn sheep, bobcats, and turkey vultures, and point out the exact location where Teddy Roosevelt liked to camp and still lives. Deep inside the alluring Tonto National Forest, boaters can study interesting rock formations, gaze at the beautiful scenery, and snap photos of towering saguaros.

The Phoenix New Times considers a ride on the Dolly Steamboat the best Mississippi River experience for locals and tourists, aside from inner-tubing down the actual river's more than 2,000 miles of white-water rapids. Food and drinks are available for purchase on board, the lower cabin is air conditioned, and Dolly is conveniently wheelchair accessible. Explore the sights from inside a water bus as it slices through what some have called the Junior Grand Canyon.

Must call ahead for reservations.


The Phoenix New Times rates Dolly Steamboat the Best Mississippi River Experience—pretty impressive when you consider it's not within 500 miles of the Mississippi:

  • This recently restored sightseeing boat cruises the lake like Tom Sawyer once did down south. Though the big-wheeled boat floats like something from Mark Twain's era, the rocky landscape in the deep valley of the lake is uniquely Western. – Phoenix New Times

Nine Yelpers give it an average rating of 4.5 stars:

  • The drive in from the Apache Trail is beautiful with vistas of the Superstition Mountains, winding roads, and desert landscapes. – Shannon C.
  • Great place to take out of town guests. – Heather D.

Fine Print

Promotional value expires Oct 16, 2010. Amount paid never expires. Limit 4 per person. Limit 1 per visit. Reservation required. Merchant is solely responsible to purchasers for the care and quality of the advertised goods and services.

About Dolly Steamboat

For more than 25 years the Grimh family has served as gatekeeper to the secluded beauty of Canyon Lake, welcoming travelers onto their modernly appointed paddle steamboat. The vessel plots courses for guided cruises, each of which highlight the canyon's vistas at a different hour. Nature and lunch cruises seek out bighorn sheep drawing pistols under the bright desert sun, whereas twilight cruises combine ambient, evening light with a buffet dinner of prime rib or filet mignon. Dolly Steamboats also set off at night for an astronomy cruise that includes dinner and expert star reading from local television and radio personality, Dr. Sky. An expert crew pilots the Dolly and her wealth of passengers on each photogenic excursion, gliding past the Sonoran Desert, rock formations, and the Tonto National Forest.