Lost Dutchman is one of Arizona's most popular state parks, and it's easy to see why. All 138 campsites, complete with water and electric hookups, have stunning views of the nearby Superstition Mountains. The park is named for the fabled Lost Dutchman's Gold Mine, which according to legend is a rich gold mine hidden in the Superstition Mountains east of Phoenix that many have tried to find for over 100 years.
We stay at Lost Dutchman State Park to explore the Superstitions, including hiking the Siphon Draw trail that departs right from the campground before crossing into the Superstition Wilderness of Tonto National Forest. It gains 2,500 feet of elevation in only three miles to reach the top of Flatiron for commanding views of the San Tan Valley.
We also explore the Apache Trail, an historic partially paved 46 mile-long state highway through the Superstition Mountains built in the 1920s that is now part of the National Forest Scenic Byway system. It follows the Salt River up past Canyon Lake and through Tortilla Flat to the Fish Creek Overlook. It normally continues to Theodore Roosevelt Lake, but remnants of a hurricane in September 2019 swept down burn scars left by a wildfire three months earlier, washing out portions of the Apache Trail and causing extensive damage that has prompted the state to close seven miles of the road indefinitely.
Filmed: March 30-31, 2020
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- Lost Dutchman State Park https://azstateparks.com/lost-dutchman/
- Apache Trail https://www.fs.usda.gov/recarea/tonto/recreation/scenicdrivinginfo/recarea/?recid=35799&actid=105
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