The visitor center/gift shop and group camping areas are closed. Park Office will close at 4:45 p.m. on Sun. 1-31-2021
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 and no visitors in the campground. Weddings and day-use groups are limited to 25 people or less, must practice social distancing, and register ahead of time with park staff. The dump station and showers are closed to anyone not camping at the park.
Superstition Mountains Geology
The Superstition Mountains are the product of many natural forces that helped to shape this gorgeous mountain range over a long period of time. The Superstition Mountains are actually the result of intensive volcanic activity. They are composed of welded tuff (volcanic ash cemented under extreme heat), breccia (rock fragments cemented together with lava or welded tuff), granite, dacite, basalt, and some conglomerate. A few gold deposits pocket the surrounding areas. Some 25 million years ago, during the mid-tertiary period, volcanoes in this region emitted about 2,500 cubic miles of ash and lava, the ash spreading as far south and northeast as present-day Florence and Roosevelt Lake. The volcanoes collapsed into their partly emptied magma chambers, producing depressions or calderas. A subsequent up-thrust of thick lava within the largest of these calderas and the forces of erosion have created the Superstition formations that we see at the park today. Thick, alluvial fans spread outward from this eroding resurgent dome. The alluvial material is primarily tuff, dacite, and decomposed granite.
While hiking in the Superstitions, one can sometimes hear rumblings similar to rolling thunder. Geologists say this results from seismic activity resonated by the canyon walls. This could explain the origin of the Apache legend that these mountains are the home of the thunder gods.
Keep an eye out for commonly appearing flowering plants, cactus, and trees and check them off the list below during your trip! The diverse variety of desert plants found within the Superstition Mountains is absolutely mind-blowing!
Chuparosa; Hummingbird bush
Goldeneye; California poppy
Phacelia, wild heliotrope
Wolfberry - lycium
Chain fruit cholla
Mammillaria - pincushion
Teddy bear cholla
Catclaw - acacia