November's Featured Hikes, Walks and other Outdoor Adventures at Lost Dutchman State Park

November 1, 2016

PHOENIX - Please join us for interpretive ranger and volunteer naturalist guided hikes and family-oriented programs at Lost Dutchman State Park in November 2016. Fees for guided hikes and programs are included in the park entry fee of $7 per vehicle. Reservations are not required unless specified in the program description.

Wednesday November 9: Exploring Siphon Draw Trail, 9 a.m.
Meet at Siphon Draw Trailhead for a 4.2 round trip hike to the basin (slick rock waterfall area). Pass remnants of an unsuccessful mining attempt and look at layers of rock from the volcanic explosion that make up this portion of the Superstition Mountain. Wear sturdy trail or hiking shoes, carry at least two bottles of water and bring a snack for a three-hour moderately strenuous hike. Led by volunteer hiking leader Barb.

Friday, November 11: Full Moon Hike, 7-9 p.m.
Hikers should dress appropriately with trail shoes or boots for this guided 2.5 mile hike on Jacob's Crosscut Trail. Please bring a flashlight in case of cloudy conditions. Some parts of the trail are rocky and uneven with occasional steep grades. After the hike gather round for a marshmallow roast. No pets, please. Parking in Cholla Day Use area. Reservations are required call (480) 982-4485 to reserve your space. 

Saturday & Sunday, November 12 & 13: Family Camp Out
The Arizona Family Campout Program (FCP) designed for families that have little or no camping experience will be held at LDSP. Registration fee is $85 up to family of 4 (children 5 yrs and younger or pets cannot attend this program). Tents, sleeping mats, chairs, lanterns, lunch, dinner, breakfast and campfire treats provided. Activities include hikes, archery, mountain bike clinic, geocaching and campfire stories. Limited spaces. Register at AZStateParks.com/family. 

Saturday, November 12: Liberty Wildlife, 2 p.m.
Members of Liberty Wildlife will be bringing birds and desert critters that are "out and about" at this time of year and discussing their habitat. They will also talk about the rescue program at Liberty Wildlife. Meet us at Palo Verde Ramada. No pets, please.

Saturday, November 12: Amazing Night Under the Skies 7 to 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 warmly and be prepared to be amazed at the sightings. Palo Verde Day Use parking (weather permitting).

Wednesday, November 16: Getting to Know the Birds Around You, 9 a.m.
Meet in the Saguaro Day Use area, for a brief discussion about how to tell one bird from another, then look for resident birds and for any late migrants on their way south. After birding the Saguaro Day use area, look for birds walking up toward Jacob's Crosscut Trail. Bring binoculars, water and wear sturdy trail shoes. No dogs, please. Led by volunteer "Birder Babs."

Friday, November 18: Star Talk 7:30 p.m.
Learn about the night sky, constellations and planets with local astronomer Bill Dellinges. Parking and seating at campground amphitheater.

Wednesday, November 23: Sunset Hike, 4:45 p.m.
Following the Treasure Loop trail to Jacobs Cross Cut and intersecting with Siphon Draw Trail will find hikers marveling at the mountain and the sky full of color, especially when there are a few clouds. This is an easy two-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.

WHAT: Guided Hikes and other programs

WHERE: Lost Dutchman State Park - Located at 6109 N Apache Trail, Apache Junction.

WHEN: November 2016 - specific dates at AZStateParks.com above. Call (480) 982-4485 to make a reservation, where needed.

For information about Arizona State Parks and the many recreational, historical and cultural programs call 1-877-MY-PARKS or visit AZStateParks.com.

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