One of the big attractions to Lost Dutchman State Park are the spectacular views of the Superstition Mountains. The Superstition Mountains were formed starting about 40 million years ago as the last of the sedimentary layers was worn away exposing the Pre-Cambrian Granite Base below. About 25 million years ago a series of steam eruptions and...more
There is much to do at Lost Dutchman State Park. The park is well developed with modern ammentiies which include:Visitor Center with maps and publications for sale.Picnic areas with tables and grillsGroup use areasRestrooms with showersHiking and nature trailsCampground with 35 electrice sitesDump stationmore
Another dramatic rock formation, and one which hikers may easily walk around, is called the Green Boulder, no doubt because of green algae which grows on its side. This huge rock, soaring several stories high, is at about the half way point on the 2.4 mile Treasure Loop Trail, and near the junction with the Prospector's View Trail.The Treasure Loop...more
Perhaps the most dramatic of several interesting rock formations visitors to Lost Dutchman State Park may see is the "Praying Hands." The formations consists of two rock spires pointing skyward. They may be found on the northeastern slope of the mountain beneath the dramatic peak called "The Flatiron."No trail leads all the way to the Praying...more
Lost Dutchman is actually at the beginning of a wonderful journey along the Apache Trail. Route 88 offers up a spectacular array of scenery, so while you are out this way enjoy it!Just across the road from the entrace to Lost Dutchman is the Old mining town of Goldfield. It's a little kitchy and touristy, but a fun place to visit. (The kids would...more
We stayed in the park until sundown to get some great sunset shots. The park closes at 10pm but I wouldn't recommend hiking in the dark, unless you had a flashlight, even then I would think it would be best to wait until the next day. The park has camping facilities, but no hookups for RV's. There is a separate fee for camping in the park.The park...more
On the way to Lost Dutchman, we stopped at an "antique" shop. Really it was just a junky little place with a lot of stuff from the 50's and 60's. If you are a collector of anything from the 20th century, you might want to stop in and rummage through all of the wares. Unfortunately I don't remember the name of the shop, but I beleive it is located along RT 88.
What to buy: I got this great magnet of an old cowboy in his red long underware holding a big plate of pancakes with the title "FLAPJACKS" above it
What to pay: Not very expensive at all
Good hiking shoes or sneakers, maybe a hat to keep the sun off your face.
Toiletries and Medical Supplies: Sunscreen, there is no shade at all!
Photo Equipment: I liked having both wide angle lenses for landscapes and long lenses on the off chance we saw wildlife. A macro lens is fun for detail shots. A polarizer filter is always a good accesorry for outdoor shooting. Maybe bring along a tripod for susnet shots. And of course, lots of film and/or media cards
Miscellaneous: Water when hiking is always a good idea, especially when you're in the hot desert sun.
Lost Dutchman State Park is at the eastern edge of growth of the Greater Phoenix Metropolitan Area. To the west of the State Park is much sprawling development of new subdivisions, strip malls, and traffic. Adjoining the state park to the east is an unpopulated and untamed area which includes the Tonto National Forest and the Superstition Wilderness.
They don't call the Dutchman "Lost" for nothing. Some have walked away into the wilderness from here, never to be seen again. But if you stay to the main trails, and are prepared for the weather, there should be no undue concern.
Other neary attractions include the Boyce Thompson Arboretum State Park and Roosevelt Lake.
The Treasure Loop Trail is a 2.4 mile round trip trail with very nice views that has a 500 foot elevation change and terminates at either picnic area. It is rated Moderate.
Equipment: Good hiking shoes, a hat, sunscreen, lots of water.
When I was a kid my dad subscribed to Arizona Highways magazine and every issue seemed to have at least one full color photo of a Saguaro cactus silhouetted against a spectacular sunset.
When Karen and I ended our afternoon of hiking at Lost Dutchman Park and got into our car to leave I looked at the clock on the dashboard and suddenly realized that the sun would be setting in less than an hour. I re-parked the car, grabbed my camera, and headed back up a hiking trail where we had seen numerous saguaro cacti. It was almost time for sunset before I found just the right cactus that threw a silhouette across the sky, and then found a position from which I could photograph it against the setting sun.
Okay, I'll admit that my pictures aren't quite the quality of those in Arizona Highways, but they are mine and I'm glad I took the extra hour to get them.