Programs & Events

Lost Dutchman State Park

Please be advised that the other astronomy event listed for the end of May in the publication, Superstition Living, has been cancelled. Lost Dutchman State Park will resume further programming starting October, 2017.

Hike for First Time Hikers in the Sonoran Desert

Wednesday, October 4, 2017   9 a.m. - 11 a.m.

This is an introduction to hiking in the Sonoran Desert, starting on Treasure Loop Trail and converging to Jacobs Crosscut Trail. The trail includes a short, steeper and rockier section followed by a smooth well-maintained section, giving hikers experience in both terrains.


Nature Hike

Tuesday, October 10, 2017   8:30 - 11 a.m.

Follow the treasure Loop Trail and discover the area’s geology, history, flora, and the legend of the Lost Dutchman. This is a moderate 2.5 mile round trip hike with an elevation change of approx 520 feet. Hikers should wear appropriate shoes and carry ample water. Start at the Cholla Day Use area.

Geology Hike

Wednesday, October 11, 2017   9 a.m. - 11:30 a.m.

Join volunteer hiking leader, Jim, on a 2.5 mile round trip with an elevation change approx. 520 feet. Along the hike, discussions will cover the Superstition Mountain geology and Superstition-related lore. This is a moderate hike; wear appropriate hiking shoes, and carry at least two bottles of water.

Beginner’s Photography

Thursday, October 12, 2017   4:30 - 6:30 p.m.

Learn tips and tricks for improving your photography skills from Professional photographer, Princely (at no extra charge)! What better time to practice photography basics than at sunset amidst the backdrop of the warmly-lit mountain with distinctive cacti/native plants in view?


Dr. Sky

Saturday, October 14, 2017   7 p.m. - 9 p.m.

Join Dr.Sky, a radio/TV journalist based in Phoenix, for An Amazing Night Under the Skies. What planets will we see in the dark desert sky? Dress appropriately and be prepared to be amazed. At Palo Verde (weather permitting).


Getting To Know the Birds Around You

Wednesday, October 18, 2017   8:30 - 10:30 a.m.

Meet in the Saguaro Day Use area to discuss how to distinguish between birds, then seek out resident birds from hawks to hummingbirds and any late migrants on their way south.


Star Party

Saturday, October 21, 2017   7 p.m. - 9 p.m.

Members of the Superstition Astronomical League will provide opportunities to see the moon, planets, star clusters, galaxies and other astronomical phenomena using sophisticated telescopes!


Get the Tails on the Trails (Hike with Dogs)

Tuesday, October 24, 2017   8 a.m. - 11 a.m.

Join this dog friendly hike starting from the Cholla Day Use Area and follow a social trail down to the Crosscut Trail towards First Water Road and back. Hike will be approx. 4 miles round trip and last 2-3 hours, allowing for lots of play time for the dogs.


Bats: Truth or Tales

Saturday, October 28, 2017   6:30-8 p.m.

Bat guy (Brian Buttazoni) will talk about the truth or tales of bats during this one-hour program. Join us to learn about the wide variety of bats around the world and here in Arizona.


Brown Bag Series: Skins and Skulls

Sunday, October 29, 2017   10 a.m. - 11 a.m.

Check out skins and bones found at the park, and find out who left them there! At the Palo Verde Ramada.


Family Campout

December 2-3

Arizona Family Campout Program weekends are designed for families that have little or no experience camping. We will introduce you to the great experiences you can share with your family and inspire you to continue to explore the great outdoors!