Lost Dutchman State Park Travel Guide

  • Lost Dutchman State Park
    by KimberlyAnn
  • Lost Dutchman State Park
    by KimberlyAnn
  • Anna's Hummingbird with Chicks
    Anna's Hummingbird with Chicks
    by KimberlyAnn

Lost Dutchman State Park Things to Do

  • Hike the Siphon Draw Trail

    If you plan on hiking, be sure to pick up a map of the hiking trails when you enter the park. As you study this map you will see that trails run into, as well as crossing each other. Some of the trails can only be accessed from other trails. The Siphon Draw Trail begins at the Amphitheater, and leads 4-miles one way through a canyon. This trail...

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  • Hiking to Green Boulder

    Green Boulder isn't a trail, but a destination. This area is high up on the base of the mountain, and winds behind the large boulder, bringing you up close to the rock formations. It’s a beautiful view from Green Bolder. I could see all the way to the Phoenix Skyline. From this area you will have views of the 4 Peaks Wilderness to the north, and...

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  • Jacob’s Crosscut Trail

    You will have some nice views of Superstition mountain from Jacob's Crosscut Trail, which is a trail that runs .8 miles along the base of the mountain. Rated easy, it can only be gotten to from inside the park by hiking either the Prospector’s View Trail, the Siphon Draw Trail, or the inside leg of the Treasure Loop Trail. This trail can also be...

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  • Hiking the Treasure Loop Trail

    The Treasure Loop Trail is a 2.5 mile round trip loop, that is rated moderate. This mileage is rated from either one of the two picnic parking areas where you can begin the hike. If you do this hike from the campground, you will walk the Discovery Trail first, which connects the campground to the hike and would add another half-mile to the hike...

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  • If You Love Birds

    This is a fun park for spotting birds. We spent two week here, and hung a hummingbird feeder, a finch feeder, and threw a small amount of mixed seed on the ground two or three times a day, and we drew in a lot of birds. When hiking, checking out the tops of saguaro cacti as well as the sky above will afford you the chance to see more birds. I...

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  • See the Beautiful Superstition Mountains

    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...

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  • Park Facilities

    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 station

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  • Green Boulder

    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...

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  • Praying Hands

    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...

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  • Continue Along the Apache Trail

    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...

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  • Cacti at Sunset

    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...

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  • everything here is a must see!

    Unfortunately we did not see much wildlife in the park. The only thing we saw was this one bird. We fought over who got to take the picture for a minute,(we figured 2 of us would definately scare it away) but in the end it was Lou who took this amazing shot of a California Quail.

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Lost Dutchman State Park Restaurants

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    by KimberlyAnn Updated Apr 11, 2015

    The Handlebar Pub and Grill looks like nothing special as you drive past, just an old bar that I wouldn’t think would have good food, however, the food on the menu is not at all what you expect to get in a place that looks like this one. They have a large selection of micro beers, and wonderful food, that could be considered on the gourmet side. Your hamburger may be a mushroom burger, green chili burger, peppercorn burger, or bruschetta burger, something a little different and a little special. But they are far from a hamburger joint. You will find Blue Cheese Potato Salad, A delicious side salad with a house made balsamic dressing, sautéed and grilled asparagus with Feta Cheese, a coleslaw with blue cheese and Walnuts, and one of my favorites, smoked acorn squash drizzled with organic maple syrup and pecans. Who would find that in an old bar? Wow! It just blew me away! Your main dinner may include a fancy burger, a pizza, a delicious sounding Panini, maybe a steak or fish, depending on the special of the night.

    They have been in business for 40 years, and I can see why. It was recommended to us by a person working in the park visitor center, and I am glad we asked! What a surprise this place was. We ate there twice, and had an interesting and good meal both times. There was even live music. They don’t take reservations, so we went early both times, and by the time we left the place was packed. This is definitely a favorite of the locals.

    Favorite Dish: Both times we went I had the smoked acorn squash and the side salad with the wonderful balsamic dressing. My favorite main dish was the pasilla pepper stuffed with slow roasted pork, bacon and jack cheese, with chipolte aioli. It was so delicious, just thinking about it is making me hungry. I also had a wonderful cheesecake with a small amount of chocolate syrup striped across it, and a little whip cream.

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Lost Dutchman State Park Shopping

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    by kazander Written Jun 3, 2004

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    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

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Lost Dutchman State Park Warnings and Dangers

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    by KimberlyAnn Written Apr 11, 2015

    You will find many types of cactus growing in the state park. Luckily the developed trails within Lost Duchmen will reduce your chance of coming in contact with the sharp barbs that these plants have. However, in some areas if you get too close to the edge of the path, you may find yourself with an unwanted thorny attachment to your body. Cholla cacti are especially famous for this unwanted attachment. Cholla are a cactus which consists of thorny segments with barb hooked spines. If you brush against them, the segments break off and imbed themselves in your flesh. The spines are so sharp and sturdy that they can sometimes even penetrate into boot leather. Sometimes people call chain fruit chollas “jumping cactus.” Of course they don’t actually jump, but even a light brush is enough to break a small piece off, where it will attach itself to your clothing or skin. Do not try to remove it with your fingers. Use two rocks, pliers, tweezers, or a comb to flip the joint away.

    The Sharp Spines  of a Cholla Cacti Chain Fruit Cholla Teddy Bear Cacti, Not for Hugging May Types of Cacti Live in the Area
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Lost Dutchman State Park Tourist Traps

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    by KimberlyAnn Updated Apr 11, 2015

    Goldfield Ghost Town, some people call this a Thing To do, but I call it a Trap. Don’t be fooled by this so called Ghost Town. I saw an advertisement stating that this was the only authentic ghost town in the valley. I had read rave reviews about this “authentic ghost town, with original buildings”, so was anxious to go to it, even though from the highway it looked like a tourist trap. Well it is. The literature, and even their web page states that it was established in 1893, which is a complete lie. It didn't look authentic to me, and there were no signs on buildings telling about their history. These appeared to be buildings that were built to look old, filled with shops, that had a lot of junk, or if not junk, tourist items that were overly priced. These shops are advertised in literature, telling people to “Explore the many shops and historic buildings.” I had high hopes for the bakery, but there was very little to purchase, and none of it looked good. Of course we went mid afternoon, so maybe they were out.

    They have what is advertised as a “scenic railroad” tour which turned out to be a SLOW ride around the outside of the park with narration. You can see all the scenery without the train ride. They also have a zipline, mystery shacks, fake bordello, saloon, a mine tour-also fake, gold panning, and other tours, and sometimes acted out gunfights (you can see these in Cody and Jackson Wyoming, and a lot of other places). All of these, except for the gunfights, come for a price, which I often thought was overly high.

    Now for the True History of the So Called Ghost Town.
    When I got back to Wyoming, I researched the Golfield Ghost Town and found the true story. You can find this on their web page if you click their History. I saw nowhere, however, where this information was posted within the town itself. In the 1890s there was a town called Goldfield, which contained three saloons, a boarding house, general store, blacksmith shop, brewery, meat market, and a school house. It wasn’t located where this tourist trap is however, it is located down the highway, with the only remains of a few foundations and an old shack. A fellow named Robert Schoose purchased the 5 acres where the mill stood, and turned that into the Goldfield Tourist business you see today. Their web page states that the first thing they did was reconstruct a mining tunnel with a snack bar, which they opened in 1988. However after further research, I discovered that the mine tunnel was also completely fake. His first construction project was the building of a mine tunnel from scratch. He started the project in 1985. He did not go underground with his tunnel because of insurance restraints. His entire tunnel and mine were actually created above the ground, but made to appear below the ground. After that they began to put in other buildings that were authentic looking, not authentic.

    For the complete history how this Tourist Attraction was constructed, check out this webpage, Building a Dream Goldfield Ghost Town

    To read the Goldfield’s web link go to their page, and click History Goldfield Ghost Town

    Unique Suggestions: I am not telling you not to go, if you read reviews on line you will find that a lot of people find this to be a fun day. A majority of these people, however also make statements about the town using words like “authentic, real, and restored.” Of course none of this is true. So if you want a day outing, and aren't into hiking, just remember none of this is real.

    Fun Alternatives: If this is the kind of place you enjoy, there isn’t an alternative. If however, you are new to the area, have not yet been to the state park, and like to hike, I would recommend spending your day in Lost Dutchman State Park. Pack a picnic, and take a hike.

    Not Authentic, Never in the Town Buildings NOT from the 1890s The mill might be the only authentic item. Sign on the Stamp Mill
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Lost Dutchman State Park What to Pack

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    by kazander Updated Feb 3, 2006

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    Clothing/Shoes/Weather Gear: 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.

    View of Lost Dutchman State Park from Goldfield
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Lost Dutchman State Park Off The Beaten Path

  • The Dolly Steamboat on Canyon Lake

    First off I must warn you that the Dolly Steamboat is NOT a steamboat. The flyer says it is a steamboat, the drawing on the front of the flyer shows a steamboat with smoking coming out of smoke stacks, and a large paddle wheel behind. But this is not what the boat really is. It is a boat made to sort of look like a steam boat, with two fake smoke...

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  • The Annual Renaissance Festival

    The Renaissance Festival is a popular festival held each year outside of Apache Junction. The festival is generally held the first or second Saturday of February to the Last Sunday of March, and is open only on weekends and Presidents Day from 10:00 AM to 6:00 PM. The festival is suppose to be set in the 16th century of Europe, though there is a...

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  • A Divide Between Development and...

    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...

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Lost Dutchman State Park Sports & Outdoors

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    by Basaic Written Dec 4, 2008

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    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.

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Lost Dutchman State Park Favorites

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    by Stephen-KarenConn Updated Feb 25, 2007

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    Favorite thing: 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.

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