Lost Dutchman State Park
Located in Apache Junction, less than an hour from Phoenix, Lost Dutchman State Park is a popular camping destination for hikers and campers. The park offers 135 campsites (68 with electric/water hookups) and cabins that are reserved year-round through Arizona State Parks.
Those looking for adventure can explore the area’s iconic Superstition Mountains on foot, by bike, or on horseback. Giant saguaro cactuses, birding, and a carpet of wildflowers add to the appeal of this 320-acre idyllic public recreation area. More by clicking here.
The 134 campsites at Lost Dutchman State Park offer something for every type of camper. While half of the sites provide electricity with 50/30/20 amp service and water, the remainder are non-hookup sites set on paved pads for tents or RVs.
Spacious campsites surrounded by towering saguaro cacti and distinct Sonoran desert flora provide the perfect backdrop for camping. At night, be captivated by a celestial display of stars above, away from the city lights of Phoenix.
Several hiking trails lead from the campground into the Superstitions Wilderness and Tonto National Forest. The Treasure Loop trail offers great views of the Superstitions without much elevation change. For a more challenging hike, try the Siphon Draw trail to Flatiron Peak. The trail is a leg-burner, but the breathtaking views are well worth it. Depending on the year, visitors may find themselves treated to a colorful carpet of desert wildflowers on the Native Plant Trail. Keep an eye out for nocturnal desert wildlife like coyotes and javelinas while on the trails.
Several trails wind throughout the park, giving hikers a chance to experience the rugged Sonoran Desert and the majestic Superstition Mountains. Some are rated for beginner and intermediate hikers while others are reserved for advanced hikers only.
Located only a stone’s throw from the city, Lost Dutchman State Park hiking trails offer a sense of solitude in a relatively remote setting. Whether you want to take the easy paved Native Plant Trail or challenge yourself on the more challenging Siphon Draw and Flatiron trails there is something for every hiker.
In addition to the numerous hiking trails, Lost Dutchman State Park also offers a variety of wildlife viewing opportunities including coyotes, desert mule deer, bobcats, and various species of birds and reptiles. To make the most of your hiking and wildlife experiences, it is important to understand shared-use trail etiquette. Explore more!
The park’s visitor center, open 365 days a year, features a park store and interesting natural exhibits. There are also books, maps, and souvenirs available for purchase. The park has several picnic areas with shaded ramadas, tables, and grills. Brochures are also available to learn about other local attractions and activities.
There are many trails within the park that lead into the Superstition Wilderness and Tonto National Forest. The trails vary in length and difficulty. Hikers should always be physically prepared for their hiking goals and carry a map, at least one gallon of water per person, appropriate footwear, and sun protection.
Visitors can experience the Legend of Lost Dutchman, hike scenic trails, enjoy a four-mile mountain bike trail, or spot desert wildlife, such as mule deer and coyote. Annual state park passes are available for purchase at the park store and online. The pass includes unlimited access to all Arizona state parks and is valid for non-commercial vehicles only.
With towering saguaros, endless desert landscape & the iconic Superstition Mountains this location is a Phoenix area photographer’s dream. This is the place to be if you are looking for a stunning backdrop for your engagement, couple photos, or even elopement!
The best time to visit is during spring or fall when the desert blooms. You’ll find lots of wildflowers, especially tulips! The Siphon Draw trail is a great hike to take for amazing views of the Superstitions.
This is also a great spot for sunrise or sunset. Just make sure to arrive a few hours before the sun sets or rises so you can get out on the trails and explore the park before it gets too hot! The park also has some awesome rock formations that are just waiting to be photographed. Be sure to check out Cathedral Rock! It’s one of the most iconic spots in the park. Continue reading about Bell Bank Park.
Driving directions from Brimley’s White Glove Chem-Dry to Lost Dutchman State Park
Driving directions from Lost Dutchman State Park to Bell Bank Park