Tonto Trails Are Closed Due To Stage 3 Fire Restrictions: Hiking permitted only within Lost Dutchman park boundary. Masks are required when visiting the park. Please also wear a mask while recreating outside if social distancing cannot be maintained. Until further notice: Day use parking is limited. Weddings and day use groups are limited to 25 people or less, must practice social distancing, and register ahead of time with park staff. Dump station and showers are closed to anyone not camping at the park. FIRE BAN now in effect - no campfires or smoking (except in an enclosed vehicle).

Facility Information

Facilities available at Lost Dutchman State Park.

Lost Dutchman Park EntranceVisitor Center/Park Store

The Lost Dutchman Visitor Center  is open 365 days a year and includes a store, gift shop, and interesting natural exhibits. Books, maps, and souvenirs are available in the gift shop, as well as drinks ans limited snacks. Brochures about local attractions and maps of the park are also available. Stop by and talk with the rangers about current park events or other park related information. Our knowledgeable rangers spend every day in the park and can tell you the best ways to elevate your experience from awesome to EPIC!

Campground/RV Sites

Lost Dutchman State Park is your gateway to amazing Sonoran Desert experiences and memories. By extending your stay in our large, spacious campground, more desert experiences will be available for you to enjoy! A desert night is a soothing respite from everyday life and might be just what you need to relax before hitting the daily grind again when you return from your trip. 

The campground has 138 sites: 68 sites with electric (50/30/20 amp service) and water and the remainder non-hookup sites on paved roads for tents or RVs. Every site has a picnic table, and a fire pit with adjustable grill gate. There are no size restrictions on RVs. Well-mannered pets on leashes are welcome, but please pick after your pets.

Campground Information

Cabin Rental near Phoenix at Lost DutchmanCabins

Five camping cabins are situated perfectly so visitors can take advantage of both the sunrise and sunset right from the porch! The Sonoran Desert surrounds these cabins and expansive Superstition Mountain views will greet you each day you awake for your adventure! Or you could use one of these cozy, air-conditioned cabins as a quick getaway close to the Phoenix Metro area. You'll notice a feeling of remoteness here in spite of the relatively close distance to the population center. 

Cabin Information

Restrooms/Showers

Two accessible bathrooms are located in the Cholla and Saguaro day use areas. There are also two restroom/showers buildings buildings located in the campground and in the cabin loop. Shower buildings are available for registered campers year-round. The park does not supply toiletries. 

Dump Station

Use of dump station is free for registered campers. Non-registered campers may use the dump station with paid fee.

Picnic Areas/Shelters

Thirteen single shaded ramadas with tables, grills are available for picnics. Restrooms and drinking fountains are located nearby. Please take a look at the Group Camping and Day Use page for detailed information about ramadas and group areas.

Activities and Experiences

Hiking at Lost Dutchman Hiking

There's a ton of hiking opportunities within this park for both novice and experienced hikers. Most of the trails can be accessed very easily from the campgrounds or day use areas and lead hikers off into  a Superstition Mountain adventure. During fall, winter, and spring,  Lost Dutchman is one of the most perfect spots to hike in the state. The weather is nice, and you might encounter a variety of desert wildlife or wildflowers while on the trail. During summer we urge hikers to start early and get off the trail before the mercury starts to rise. There's plenty of time before it gets hot, or after the sun goes down (with a headlamp) to get a hike in! Just remember to bring plenty of water. 

Biking

The park has four miles of mountain bike singletrack at the base of the Superstition Mountains. A winding loop trail — rated beginner to intermediate — traverses the Sonoran Desert across rocky terrain and sandy washes. Ride between giant Saguaros, among Palo Verde and Mesquite trees, and bask in the solitude just 30 minutes from the Phoenix Metro area. Bikes can also use the multi-use trails in the Tonto National Forest which are easily accessed from the park, although bikes are not allowed beyond the Wilderness Boundary on the Siphon Draw Trail. In addition, a 1/2 mile hard-packed granite trail leads from the Campground to the Ranger Station.

Wildlife Viewing

A large variety of interesting Arizona wildlife species can be found within the park and offer year-round wildlife viewing opportunities. Mammals of interest include desert mule deer, coyote, javelina, bobcat, and jackrabbit. Most desert animals are nocturnal or crepuscular (animals most active during twilight periods), so early morning and late evening viewing are best. Any of the park trails offer good opportunities for wildlife viewing experiences.

Birding has become increasingly popular over the last several years and Lost Dutchman is a great place to watch our feathered friends in their natural habitat. This is a great park to experience an influx of interesting new species each year after birds from northern states have migrated for the winter. As a destination for migrators, this park comes alive with the color and song of new visitors each winter, and it's a sight to behold! Take a look at the bird list below, and learn about the birds of Arizona before your trip! 

Download the Birds of Lost Dutchman State Park list here. ( 156 KB PDF)

Park Rules

  • Drive and park on designated paved areas only. All tires of all vehicles must be completely on pavement.
  • Limit two vehicles per site or cabin at any time, no exceptions.
  • Generator hours are 8-10 a.m. and 5-7 p.m. This includes idling vehicles.
  • Quiet hours are 9 p.m.-8 a.m. No loud music, public address systems or nuisance noises at any time.
  • Damaging or removing plants, animals, or archeological, geologic, or historic objects is a crime.
  • Littering is unlawful.
  • Leash (max 6ft.) and pick up after all pets (domestic dogs and cats only! Horses, livestock, etc. not allowed). Do not leave pets unattended. Pets are not permitted in park restrooms.
  • No wood gathering. Fire in rings or grills only. Do not leave fires unattended.
  • Day Use hours/gates are open from 6 a.m.-10 p.m.
  • Park fees are per vehicle, unless in-tow. Vehicles arriving before 7 a.m. (Arizona time) must pay for the previous night.
  • Stay limit is 14 nights in any 30-day period.
  • Camp only in designated areas with a maximum of 12 people per site. No more than six adults (14 years and older) or six kids per site.
  • No site saving for others. Violators are subject to eviction.
  • Leave something in your site to indicate that it is occupied or site may be forfeited.
  • Obey speed limits and one-way roadways.
  • Check-in time is 2 p.m. for campsites, 3 p.m. for cabins.
  • Checkout time is noon (12 p.m.) for campsites, 10 a.m. for cabins.
  • Contain all grey water.
  • No washing RVs or vehicles in the park.
  • No repairing RVs or vehicles in park unless emergency. Park staff must prior approve incoming vendors on emergency calls; vendors required to present $1M liability insurance.
  • Fireworks of any kind are not allowed.
  • Discharging firearms within the park is a crime! This includes BB and pellet guns, bows and slingshots.
  • Trail Rules

Please use caution when hiking. Those planning to use the longer trails should carry a topographic map. Each person should carry at least one gallon of drinking water per day and wear proper footwear. Remember summer temperatures often exceed 100° F.

  • Day Use hikers must park in the Day Use lots only. Cars parked on roads, campsites, by shower building or by cabins are subject to towing.
  • Pack out all garbage. Littering is unlawful.
  • Leash (max 6ft.) and pick up after all pets; dog bag dispensers at each Day Use parking lot area(s). Do not leave pets unattended.
  • For your own safety, keep on designated trails and out of old mine shafts.
  • Discharging firearms along trails is a crime! This includes BB and pellet guns, bows, and slingshots.
  • Damaging or removing plants, animals, or archeological, geologic, or historic objects is a crime.
  • Be aware of changing weather conditions.
  • If hiking alone, let someone know where you are going.
  • No motorized vehicles on trails.
  • Report any problems to a park ranger.
  • For emergencies, call 911.

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