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Lost Dutchman State Park
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Apache Trail Day Tour from Phoenix
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Recommended length of visit: More than 3 hours
Owner description: Named after the fabled lost gold mine, Lost Dutchman State Park is located in the Sonoran Desert, 40 miles east of Phoenix. Several trails lead from the park into the Superstition Wilderness and surrounding Tonto National Forest. Take a stroll along the Native Plant Trail or hike the challenging Siphon Draw Trail to the top of the Flatiron. Depending on the year's rainfall, you might be treated to a carpet of desert wildflowers in the spring. Enjoy a weekend of camping and experience native wildlife including mule deer, coyote, javelina and jackrabbit. New for 2014! A four mile Mountain Bike Loop Trail has opened at the park -- this is a great way to enjoy the park's beauty! The park offers a variety of hiking trails, nature trails, picnic facilities, 134 campsites, a dump station, restrooms, showers, and group use areas. The visitor center sells maps and other publications. Before you hike, be prepared with enough water and proper footwear as the trails are steep and challenging.
Useful Information: Bathroom facilities, Wheelchair access
Reviewed February 27, 2014

In Lost Dutchman State Park there are trails for all levels of walking and hiking. It’s an easy introduction to desert topography and plants, especially for Arizona visitors located in the southeast portion of greater Phoenix. During winter months you’ll likely see horseback riders on the trails. Rangers are helpful at the visitor center/gift shop, and there are restrooms, drinking water, picnic ramadas, plus individual and group campsites. When winter rains are frequent, spring flowers put on a good show. Even though this season's rainfall has been sparse, there were some flowers out now.
The park is at the northwest base of the vast Superstition Mountain complex. The abrupt rise of these mountains from the desert floor makes them a notable landmark for many miles. You can experience highlights of the park with an easy combination of popular trails: start from the Treasure Loop trailhead at the Cholla day use area, gradually heading uphill towards the base of the mountains. Good views from along the top of this trail which at the top connects to the Prospector’s View Trail. Follow this trail back downhill and return to your car via the Jacob’s Crosscut trail. This entire 4-mile route delivers nice views to the northeast. (To the west is rural residential development in Apache Junction.) Strong, experienced hikers enjoy Lost Dutchman for the rugged climb from The Basin (3100’) to the top of Flatiron (4300’) and panoramic views. Admission fee is $7.00 for day use. Overall this is a nice park for leisurely enjoying mountain and desert views.

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Reviewed February 26, 2014

Much larger park than we expected. Visited for a short time to "check it out." Very surprised to see how large the park itself was with a lot of camping available and many, many trails for hiking. We wish we had more to time to spend here and to actually get out and hike around a bit.

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Reviewed February 26, 2014

We camped here and it was great, Very nice campsites with water and electricity. The views from the sites of Superstition Mountains are awesome. Hiking is available for things to do. We really enjoyed the park, very relaxing.

Thank Raroboy
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Reviewed February 26, 2014

We hiked pretty much all the trails in the park in one afternoon, even our four year old, so I would say this park is a good place to visit for a day, but not worth camping.

The closer we got to the mountains, the better the views, so please take the time to hike up into the hills. The trails are wide and easy and the slope is pretty minor.

There are also a couple side trails to rocks you can scramble on that my kids enjoyed.

Also, we went in February and the wildflowers were blooming, which made it even more pleasant. It might not be as nice in August when everything is hot and dead!

Thank PLCallo
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Reviewed February 21, 2014

which we aren't. the friendly lady manning the pay station knew we weren't candidates to set out on foot with hopes of locating the lost dutchman mine in an afternoon where others have apparently failed after searching for 40 years. she let us in for free an gave us the park map of roads connecting camping areas & trailheads we drove those in 10 or 15min.& were on our way. the hiking looked like it would be a lot of fun as the scenery is spectacular , in marked contrast to the visual blight that seems to propagate everything else in the vicinity. lots of hiking options from moderate to seriously difficult.

Thank Stan M
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