In all places you look, the American Southwest is teeming with geological wonders. However within the Superstition Mountains, positioned simply past Gold Canyon RV and Golf Resort in Apache Junction, Arizona, you additionally get legends, lore and mystique. Yearly, gold- and thrill-seeking fans set off within the huge Superstition Mountain vary to search out the well-known Misplaced Dutchman’s Gold Mine. Hundreds of individuals make the journey yearly, some have died, and none have discovered the mine.
However that’s not all of the Superstition Mountains have to supply. Situated inside Tonto Nationwide Forest, there’s additionally a treasure trove of sweeping vistas. Together with distinctive fauna and flora (Saguaro cacti, anybody?), and ample alternatives to stretch your legs (and summit a mountain or two). Listed here are our picks for the perfect issues to do within the Superstition Mountains:
Superstition Mountain Museum:
Situated simply exterior the mountain vary in Apache Junction, Arizona, the Superstition Mountain Museum makes a terrific first cease to study extra in regards to the historical past of the world. Uncover the origin of the “Superstition” title and what wonders you need to hit as soon as inside. You may as well take a stroll via the set of a Western film on the museum’s Apacheland Barn, Elvis Chapel, gold mill, mountain man camp and Western storefronts.
Misplaced Dutchman’s State Park:
Primarily the gateway to the Superstition Mountains, Misplaced Dutchman’s State Park is positioned proper alongside Route 88. Trails vary from straightforward to troublesome, however all provide superb views, so good sneakers, a number of water and a digicam are a should. When you’re up for a problem, hike the Siphon Draw path to the Flatiron Summit. It’s a well-liked one, so keep away from this path on the weekends, if potential, and positively after a rain storm (as these rocks get slick).
Get out and discover:
As soon as contained in the Superstition Wilderness Space, a part of Tonto Nationwide Forest, you’ll discover mountain climbing, biking and horseback driving trails . All masking lots of of miles of assorted terrain, from the Sonoran desert lowlands to higher-elevation alpine forests. There’s one thing for each degree of health, from straightforward and flat to troublesome and, effectively, vertical. Irrespective of the place you enterprise, the vistas can be spectacular. No matter hike you do, ensure that it features a view of Weavers Needle. A 1,000-foot-high column of rock that figures prominently within the purported location of the Misplaced Dutchman’s Gold Mine. As a tip to those that plan to sort out this, good sneakers and loads of water are a should. The climate can fluctuate broadly contained in the Superstition Mountains, and may change at a second’s discover, so don’t take preparations—even for a day hike—evenly.
Apache Path Scenic Drive:
If taking in views from the consolation of your car is extra your pace, you’re in luck. The Apache Path Scenic Drive is a 120-mile loop via the Superstition Mountains and surrounding Tonto Nationwide Forest. Components of it had been initially used 1000’s of years in the past by the Apache Indians. Extra just lately, it was a wagon route throughout the building of the Roosevelt Dam. At present, a lot of the route is paved, however there are nonetheless some steep cliff drops alongside the way in which. Go away the RV on the park and convey a automotive or small SUV to get probably the most out of this journey.