Join us in this episode where we camp at Lost Dutchman State Park in Apache Junction Arizona for the very first time. While visiting the state park we hike Siphon Draw Trail up into the Superstition Mountain Wilderness Area. It was a beautiful day and the views…..OMG the views.
Lost Dutchman State Park
Lost Dutchman State Park is located in the Sonoran Desert, at the base of the Superstition Mountains, only 40 miles east of Phoenix. We stayed for 2 nights and we were lucky to get those 2 nights since this campground is always booked.
The campground at this state park is well maintained with 138 sites: 68 sites with electric (50/30/20 amp service) with water. The rest are non-hookup sites on paved roads for tents or RVs. Every site has a picnic table and a fire pit. The best thing we like about this park is NO size restrictions with RVs.
Nightly Cost: $30.00
Days Stayed: 2
Hookups: Full Hookups
Pad Type: Asphalt
Pets: Allowed on Leash
Cell Service: Yes
GPS: 33.46311, -111.4813
Several hiking trails lead from the park into the Superstition Mountain Wilderness and the surrounding Tonto National Forest.
Siphon Draw Trail
We hiked the Siphon Draw Trail in the Superstition Wilderness near Apache Junction, AZ last month. This trail leads out of the Lost Dutchman State Park which is a beautiful state park that we will definitely stay at again. If you haven’t stayed there you need to put it on your list! The views are simply AMAZING!
We lived in the area for over 20 years before we went #rving fulltime and we never even went to this State Park. The trail is a 4-mile round trip, a very scenic hike. This trail winds up into a canyon known as Siphon Draw. We didn’t hike up to the flatIron since it is a little more difficult for us and we had Maggie along.
There were a lot of people/kids doing this hike, it is a very popular one, so we thought we would try it. We found it to be a little more difficult in spots since we are not skilled hikers but we would do it again.
Legend of a Lost Dutchman
For more than 120 years, the legend of the Lost Dutchman Mine has haunted the minds and souls of treasure seekers throughout the world.
One of the best-treasured tales in the history of the American West is the Lost Dutchman Mine. The Lost Dutchman Mine is surrounded in mystery, the mine is not only allegedly rich in gold but is also said it is cursed, leading to a number of strange deaths, as well as people who mysteriously go “missing” when they attempt to locate the old mine.
People have been seeking the Lost Dutchman’s Mine since at least 1892, while according to one estimate, 8,000 people annually made some effort to locate the Lost Dutchman’s mine.
Superstition Mountian Fun Facts
- Named after the Lost Dutchman’s Gold Mine, a famous gold mine legendary among the tales of the Old West.
- The Superstition Mountains have a desert climate
- Superstition Mountain range is more commonly referred to by locals as the “Superstitions.”
- The most painted and photographed landmark in Arizona after the Grand Canyon
- The Superstition Mountains stand in at 5,059′
- The Superstition Mountain Historical Society was formed on December 27, 1979
- The Siphon Draw Trailhead at 2000’ elevation
- The rugged Superstition Mountains is a large complex of volcanic calderas that formed about 305 million years ago
- Once known in Spanish as Sierra de la Espuma (~Foam Mountains)
- The Superstition Mountains are the result of intensive volcanic activity
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