Use caution when hiking as trails as there have been washouts, mud slides, and rock slides due to rain.

The dump station and showers are closed to anyone not camping at the park.

CAMPING & RVS

With 134 sites with picnic tables, barbeque grills, and fire pits, Lost Dutchman State Park is an ideal place to escape the city and enjoy the desert scenery.

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Programs & Events

Full Moon Hike at Lost Dutchman

Feb. 3 | Feb. 4 | March 5, and 6 Varies by Date

This beautiful program is designed to start with a famous Arizona sunset draping gracefully over the Superstition Mountains, and end under the light of the full moon. The easy 1.5 mile trail features some rocky, rough terrain but with little elevation gain. It is a ranger-guided hike focusing on the aesthetic, while offering opportunities to stop and interpret what you see on the trail.

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Superstition Mountain Geology

Friday, February 10 | March 10 10 a.m.

Please join us as we dive into the geologic past and bring you into the future. This talk will cover the geology of the Superstition Mountains, to include where gold comes from and the history of gold hunting in the area.

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How a Trail Becomes a Trail

Saturday, Feb. 11, 2023 10 a.m.

Join us for stories and presentations about our trails and how trails shape our out-of-doors experiences. Landmark trails being established/restored will be featured as well as recreational trails within our parks.

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Feathered Friends of the Sonoran Desert

Sunday, Feb. 12 | March 12 9 a.m.

Come learn about the iconic birds of the Sonoran Desert under the shade of the Palo Verde ramada. Arizona's birds have adapted and evolved to thrive in desert habitats, and have made an impact on the environment and even the local cultures. We will also go over bird watching basics for those that are interested!

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Power Hour Variety Program: Strange Symbioses

Tuesday, February 14, 2023 10 a.m.

Love may be in the air around Valentine's day, but nature's relationships can be strangely complex, and not always clearly loving! Learn more about how flora and fauna interact with each other create new forms of living, eating, and surviving from one generation to the next.

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Walking with Wildflowers at Lost Dutchman

February 21 | March 1 | March 8 | March 21 10 a.m.

If you appreciate native flora, join a ranger as they guide you on an easy going and informative hike highlighting some of the Sonoran Desert's staple (and seasonal!) wildflowers and plants.

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Star Party at Lost Dutchman

Feb. 25 | March 25 | April 22 Times vary

Want to learn more about the stars and planets? Then head to Lost Dutchman State Park for a star party! Registration is required!

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Power Hour: Rattlesnakes Alive!

Sunday, Feb. 26 | March 26 9 a.m.

This in-person casual presentation invites you to empower yourself and your community - because knowledge is power! Join a ranger as we enlighten you with special guests and topics of interest.

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Desert Birding at Lost Dutchman

Tuesday, Jan. 31 | February 28 | March 28 9:00 a.m.

Meet in the Saguaro day use area to learn how to distinguish between birds and seek out hawks to hummingbirds all throughout the trail! Registration required!

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Caminata Bajo la Luna Llena

Saturday, March 4, 2023 6:30 p.m.

Este programa bella, siguiendo el famoso atardecer de Arizona, termina bajo la luz de la luna llena que sube las montañas misteriosos de las Superstition. El sendero es de 1.5 millas con terreno rocoso, pero sin mucha cambia de elevación.

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America's Greatest Idea: A Park Origins Story

Sundays, Mar. 12 | Apr. 16 6:45 p.m. | 7 p.m. (Apr.)

How many parks have you been to? Did you know that many parks today would not exist without the Roosevelt Presidents, who were both highly instrumental in pioneering the park movement in the United States? How might you and your family have benefited from their interest in promoting public lands?

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Wildflower Walk

Tuesday, March 14, 2023 10 a.m.

This 1-1.5 mile hike is a nature-lover’s dream! Not specializing in any one subject, you’ll learn a bit about everything - the plants at your fingertips, the geology of the rocks you see, and any wildlife that crosses our path!

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Liberty Wildlife

Saturday, March 18, 2023 10 a.m.

Members of Liberty Wildlife will be showing birds and desert critters that are “out and about” at this time of year and discussing their habitat. What will we see and learn about today?

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Wildfire - Friend or Foe?

Sundays, Mar. 26 | Apr. 9 6:45 p.m. | 7 p.m. (Apr.)

Throughout history, foresters have had an interesting relationship with wildfires as they learned more about their ecological impact. More than a destructive force, fires promote growth and revitalization. Bring a chair to sit around a campfire and ignite your curiosity for this historical narrative of the old fire tower system and how nature recovers. Bring all your burning questions!

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HIKING

Stroll through the native plant garden or challenge yourself to reach the Flatiron, Lost Dutchman State Park has trails to suit any hiking enthusiast.

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Park and Facility Hours

Park is open year-round

Trails

6 a.m. - 8:00 p.m.

Day Use Gates are closed and locked from 8 p.m.- 6 a.m. daily.

Visitor Center/Park Store

Monday-Sunday: 6 a.m. - 6 p.m. (starting Nov. 1)

(Summer hours may vary)

Thanksgiving - 6 a.m. - 2 p.m.

Christmas Eve - 6 a.m. - 2 p.m.

Christmas Day - closed

 

 

Park Entrance Fee

Per Vehicle (1-4 Adults): $10 
Individual/Bicycle: $3.00

 

Photo Permits are required to take photos at the park.

Download the Commercial Filming/Photography Application

Personal photo permits can be filled out at the park the same day.

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