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Lost Dutchman Locator Map

Elevation 2,000 feet   Fees

Contact the Park:
(480) 982-4485
Lost Dutchman SP
6109 N. Apache Trail
Apache Junction, AZ 85119

Facilities

Visitor Center Restrooms Gift Shop Exhibits Group: Day Use Areas Group: Camping Sites Camping Non Electric RV Sites Electric RV Sites Dump Station Showers Picnic Areas/Shelters Hiking Trails Biking Wildlife Viewing

Nearest Services: 5 miles

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511 Speed Code

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Park's Speed Code: 4223#

Fees

Park Entrance Fees:
Per Vehicle (1-4 Adults): $7.00
Individual/Bicycle: $3.00

Camping Fees:
Non-Electric site: $15-$20
Electric site: $25-$30

Fee Schedule

Friends Group

Friends of Lost Dutchman State Park

Friends of Lost Dutchman State Park, a non-profit organization

Adopt a Cactus

Adopt a Cactus, Adopt a Saguaro and fundraise for the Friends group!


PARK EVENTS

Meteor Madness event at Lost Dutchman State Park, August 12, 8pm.

August 12 - Meteor Watching Event

Dr. Sky (Steve Kates), a leading authority on the skies, will be your guide at the BEST meteor shower of the year, the Perseids. What makes it so special is that we get to experience the Perseids, with NO MOON… creating the best dark sky conditions for viewing and the best place for viewing is in the Lost Dutchman State Park at the foot of the beautiful Superstition Mountain.

One adult $15 – includes park entrance and event admission only (overnight camping not included), minors accompanied by a ticketed adult are free, limit 4 people per vehicle. Additional $15 – includes overnight tent camping at the event perimeter location. These prime tent campsites are limited and first come first serve basis, check-in after 2:00 pm. Limit 1 vehicle per campsite and 4 people per vehicle. Fee must be paid through the event’s website: meteormadness.eventbrite.com RV and additional tent overnight campsites are available through the park’s reservation system; make reservations separately at: azstateparks.com Bring your lawn chair and come celebrate with all of the fans who love the AZ night sky and the Lost Dutchman State park… you’ll be part of one of the most amazing sky events of the year. Download an event flier HERE. (PDF Document 1.5 MB PDF)


Star Party Events

Watch for our next event in the Fall. Get information on all future Star Party events HERE.

 

 


Introductory Park Video

About the Park

Photograph of Lost Dutchman State Park
Named after the fabled lost gold mine, Lost Dutchman is located in the Sonoran Desert at an elevation of 2000 feet. The park is a short drive east of Phoenix. Photo taken March 3, 2010.

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.


Lost Dutchman Events: Hikes & Programs

Hikes and Programs HikesHikesPlease join us for exciting interpretive ranger and volunteer naturalist guided hikes and family-oriented programs, weather permitting, at Lost Dutchman State Park.  Fees for guided hikes and programs are included in the park entry fee of $7 per vehicle or with your annual pass.  Reservations are not required unless specified in the program description. 6109 N Apache Trail, Apache Junction, AZ. Park Phone 480-982-4485.

Hikes and ProgramsAdopt A Cactus Program Helps Keep Park Open

Friends of Lost Dutchman SP Volunteer Patricia Carter shares her story and explains about the New Adopt a Cactus program, which allows individuals and groups to adopt a Saguaro cactus to help to raise funds for the Friends Group's continuing efforts. Learn More.




Learn More About Apache Junction

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Lost Dutchman Legend

The Superstition Mountains (their name inspired by Pima Indian legends) have been a source of mystery and legend since early times. The area is dotted with ancient cliff dwellings and caves, many showing signs of former habitation. It is not certain who these people were; some believe they were Salado or Hohokam Indians who populated this part of Arizona several centuries ago. Later, Pimas and "Apaches" (some of whom may have been Yavapais) occupied parts of the region. However, the name "Apache" came to be closely associated with the Superstitions, and the mountains became an Apache stronghold in the 1800s.

During the 1840s the Peralta family of northern Mexico supposedly developed rich gold mine(s) in the Superstitions. Their last expedition to carry gold back to Mexico occured in 1848. According to legend, the large party was ambushed by Apaches, and all were killed except for one or two Peralta family members who escaped into Mexico. This area is known today as the Massacre Grounds.

A number of other people were supposed to have known the mine's location or even to have worked it. Numerous maps have surfaced over the years, only to become lost or misplaced when interested parties pressed for facts. Men who claimed to have found the Peralta mine were unable to return to it or some disaster occured before they could file a claim, all adding to the lore of a "lost mine."

In the 1870s Jacob Waltz, "the Dutchman" (actually a native of Germany) was said to have located the mine through the aid of a Peralta descendant. Waltz and his partner, Jacob Weiser worked the mine and allegedly hid one or more caches of gold in the Superstitions. Most stories place the gold in the vicinity of Weaver's Needle, a well known landmark. Weiser was killed by Apaches, or according to some, by Waltz himself.

In failing health, Jacob Waltz moved to Phoenix and died some twenty years later in 1891. He supposedly described the mine's location to Julia Thomas, a neighbor who took care of him prior to his death. Neither she nor dozens of other seekers in the years that followed were able to find the "Lost Dutchman's Mine." Subsequent searchers have sometimes met with foul play or even death, contributing to the superstition and legend that surround these mountains.

Many versions of the "Lost Dutchman Mine" story exist, and several books and films have been done on the subject.

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