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.
Lost Dutchman Trails
Superstition Mountain Trails traverse through Arizona’s most beautiful Sonoran Desert landscape and the hiking trails at Lost Dutchman State Park are a great place to begin your adventure! Just a stone’s throw from the Phoenix metro area, these trails give hikers a sense of solitude in a relatively remote setting. There are accessible trails like Native Plant, moderate trails like Treasure Loop or Prospector’s View, and even trails for advanced hikers such as Siphon Draw and Flatiron. Regardless of hiking ability, there is a trail for everyone at Lost Dutchman State Park.
Please use caution when hiking at the park. 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. Remember summer temperatures often exceed 100°F. A trail map is provided with entrance fee. We want your Superstition Mountain hiking experience to be as positive and safe as possible so please use your best judgment before tackling the toughest trails.
Native Plant Trail: The Native Plant trail features beautiful native plants of course! A variety of cholla, prickly pear, ocotillo and more will line your path, with names and pronunciations on labels to guide you along. Make sure to ask for the native plant trail guide at the ranger station for plant descriptions as well! One of the coolest things to see along this trail is the “Watch Me Grow” saguaro – a cactus that the park started measuring 25 years ago! Though slow growing, you can see how the saguaro in time becomes the sentinel of the desert. To find the Native Plant trail, park in the 15 minute parking lot to the right of the ranger station, and follow the path just beyond the accessible parking sign.
Treasure Loop Trail: Length 2.4 miles round trip, rated moderate, elevation change of 500 feet. It terminates at either picnic area.
Prospector's View Trail: Length 0.7 miles, rated moderate. It connects Siphon Draw Trail with Treasure Loop Trail also connects with Jacob's Crosscut Trail.
Jacob's Crosscut Trail: Trail runs 0.8 miles along the base of the mountain, rated easy. It connects Treasure Loop Trail with Prospector's View Trail and continues 4.5 miles past the park area along the base of the Superstitions.
Siphon Draw Trail: 4 miles round trip, a very scenic hike, this trail winds up into a canyon known as Siphon Draw. It is possible to hike up the Flatiron (5.8 miles roundtrip), although it is not a designated, maintained trail all the way. It's advised that only experienced hikers in good shape attempt to hike to the top, as the climb is steep and difficult to follow. Allow at least five hours for the Flatiron hike, up and back.
Discovery Trail: Connects the campground and day use areas. Features information signs, a wildlife pond, bird feeder and viewing bench.
Before you hike, be prepared with enough water and proper footwear as the trails are steep and challenging.
Remember...An Arizona adventure is only a short drive away! Most of your state parks have amazing hiking opportunities for all levels of hikers. Plan a trip today!