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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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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!

Check out all the March events Here.
April - May Events Calendar: NOW AVAILABLE

Saturday, March 28: Women's Mountain Biking Clinic

Womens Mountain Bike Clinic - Lost Dutchman State Park9:00am-12:00pm. Amy Regan from AZ Mountain Biking will be hosting a Woman’s Mountain Bike Clinic. “AZ Mountain Biking was founded in December 2009 by former pro rider and endurance world record holder Amy Regan. Amy has been organizing rides and teaching skills clinics since 1996, and holds certifications in training, teaching and emergency care. In her mountain biking Meetup group, Amy has lead over 1000 guided rides in a little over four years. She is a member of the Mountain Bike Patrol for the McDowell Sonoran Preserve, and this year, Amy was elected to the board of directors for the DFMBA (Desert Foothills Mountain Bike Association, a chapter of the International Mountain Bike Association).

Spend the morning with Amy learning the basics of Mountain Bike preparation, safety, maintenance, and fundamental riding techniques that will help make every ride safer and more fun! Spend the afternoon practicing what you’ve learned along 4 miles of singletrack, sharpening your riding skills and endurance. Don’t miss this unique opportunity to ride and renew your Spirit in the shadow of Superstition Mountain!

The cost for the clinic is $75 per person with a minimum group size of 6. Bike rentals are available at a special clinic rate of $30 for the half day, which includes delivery!

For more information and/or to register for the clinic, click on the link to Amy’s Women's Mountain Biking Meetup Group HERE.

Conrad Storad at Lost Dutchman State Park, March 28, 6pmSaturday, March 28: Conrad Storad Book Reading - Kids & Families!

6pm. Award winning children’s book author Conrad Storad will be at the Palo Verde Ramada. Conrad will be telling tales from his favorite science and nature books, using large puppets that represent the desert animals and critters. Parents, grandparents, aunts, uncles, and children of all ages will recognize the characters from Rattle Snakes Rules, Don’t Call Me a Pig, and Fang & Stinger These are just two of the 40+ books he has written and he will be introducing his newest story, Gator, Gator, 2nd Grader. Come out and enjoy the presentation and buy an autographed copy to add to your favorite child’s collection!

Sunday, March 29: Inspirational Music

5 pm. Listen and sing-a-long with Jim Potocki, local seasonal resident. Jim will be bringing a sampling of songs with him from Sunday appearances in Pennsylvania. Join us at the Palo Verde Ramada at 5 p.m. Dress warmly and bring a chair.


Family Campout ProgramFamily Campout ProgramFamily Campout Program

April 18 & 19, 2015
(Session B)

The Spring & Summer 2015 Family Campout Program is designed for families that have little or no experience camping. We will introduce you to the great experiences you can share with your family outdoors! You will learn how to set up a tent and an introduction to cooking outside, plus you will get to try some fun activities you can do while camping! Take a one weekend introductory adventure at one of 8 Arizona State Parks. Learn more about the program and see a list of other participating parks. Registration will open in January 2015

SPECIAL EVENT: APRIL

April 11 - Lost Dutchman State Park

Wine Tasting Event - 04-11-2015 - Lost Dutchman State ParkThird Annual Picture Perfect Park Wine and Food Tasting/Star Talk

Join us Saturday, April 11th, for the Third Annual Picture Perfect Park Wine and Food Tasting in the Lost Dutchman State Park, 6109 N. Apache Trail, Apache Junction, AZ. 

This event is hosted by the Friends of Lost Dutchman State Park to raise funds for the park and its great out-of-doors programs. 

Event begins at 5:00PM with wine and food service until 7:30.

Chef, Dennis Bagnasco from the Mining Camp Restaurant grills up sumptuous and elegant bites paired with just the right crisp white or bold red wine provided by Action Wine and Spirits. 

While you taste enjoy the musical entertainment and jump in on the raffle for great wines, wine baskets, gift certificates, and more. At 7:30 we turn down the lights and Steve Kates/Dr. Sky takes you on an amazing "Walk Through the Skies" above the Superstition Mountains. 

Couple: $75, Single: $40, Minor (must be accompanied by an adult): $15 (processing fees not included). Purchase tickets and get more information HERE

NOTE: camping sites are still available for this date if you'd like to stay after the event, separate overnight fee payment and reservation must be made 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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