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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


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#


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

Visit the picturesque Superstition Mountains from Loast Dutchman State Park.

Junior Ranger

Junior Ranger LogoKids ages 6–12 can follow Rocky Ringtail and become a Junior Ranger at most Arizona State Parks! Kids can pledge to do their part to help preserve the beauty of the parks for everyone to enjoy!

At the park, ask for a full Junior Ranger booklet at the Visitor Center, Ranger Station or office. Complete the activities during your visit and then bring it to a Park Ranger for review. When a Park Ranger approves, kids can then take the Junior Ranger Pledge and get sworn in as our newest Junior Ranger. They'll also receive a Junior Ranger Button.

Park Event Calendar

See complete event calendar below or Download November Event Calendar (PDF Document 48 KB PDF)

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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.

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, souvenirs, water & snacks.

Before you hike, be prepared with enough water and proper footwear as the trails are steep and challenging.

Park Improvements

On-going: Our Cholla & Saguaro Day Use restroom facilities are currently being demolished to make way for brand new, expanded facilities. Additional restrooms are available at the nearby Palo Verde, Siphon Draw Parking lot or the Ranger Station as you enter the park. Please Note: Currently, there are only portable restrooms at day use areas, and no drinking fountains. Tap water is available at day use areas. Additionally, there is no electricity or lights at day use ramadas.

Remember to stop into the Ranger Station/Gift Shop to pick up a memory of your visit. Due to the construction, there will be no power or lights at the Day Use Group Ramadas. Some scheduled events may be affected. Please contact the park office for updates (480) 982-4485.

Lost Dutchman Events: Hikes & Programs

Hikes and ProgramsHikesPlease 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.

Tuesday, November 24: Full Moon Hike

7-9 pm. There is a limit of 100 hikers, so please call in advance to reserve your space: 480 982-4485. Join us for a guided 2.5 mile hike on Jacob’s Crosscut Trail at the base of the mysterious Superstition Mountains. Hikers should dress appropriately and wear trail shoes or boots. Please bring a flashlight in case of cloudy conditions. Some parts of the trail are rocky and uneven with occasional steep grades (elevation gain: 120’). Participants should be in good health with no walking or night vision difficulties. Trail is NOT suitable for strollers or walkers. After the hike gather round the campfire for a marshmallow roast (marshmallows and sticks provided). All ages welcome. No pets, please. Parking in Cholla Day Use area

Wednesday, November 25: Sunset Hike

4:45 pm. Following the Treasure Loop trail to Jacobs Cross Cut and the Siphon Draw trail will find hikers marveling at the mountain and the sky full of color, especially when there are a few clouds. A photographer’s delight! Elevation change is 102 ft. on very well maintained trails. Easy, 2 hour hike. Wear hiking shoes and carry water. Bring a flashlight for return to parking lot. Meet at Saguaro Day Use area. Led by volunteer hiking leader Barbara.

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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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