Lost Dutchman SP, Apache Junction AZ

The park gets its name from the legendary Lost Dutchman Gold Mine. Jacob Waltz, a German immigrant, is purported to have found a rich gold mine in the late 1800’s. On his deathbed he gave a cryptic description of its location in the Superstition Mountains near Apache Junction. Prospectors are still searching for it in the hope of “striking it rich”.

Site 106 at the base of the Superstition Mts
The Superstitions at dusk

The park is a popular weekend destination for hikers. To avoid the crowds on the trail we did a scenic drive to the Salt River Canyon with a stop in Globe.

The Salt River

The Salt River divides the San Carlos Apache and Salt River Apache reservations. The Apache leader Geronimo once called this area home.

In 1875 silver was discovered on the San Carlos Reservation. The mining camp then relocated to what is now Globe Arizona which was incorporated in 1876. In 1880 copper mining took off and Globe grew along with it.

Besh-Ba-Gowan is an ancient 200 room pueblo of the Salado people who resided there between AD 1250 and 1450. It is located in a city park in Globe.

The site was excavated and reconstructed in the late 1930’s and was funded by the government Works Projects Administration.

The excavations uncovered a wealth of prehistoric artifacts. We particularly enjoyed seeing the Gila Polychrome pottery.

The mountain biking is limited so we spent more time hiking the trails leading up to the mountains.

Limited riding but some fabulous scenery
On the Prospector View Trail
And you do get views

The Siphon Draw Trail is a magnet for hikers. This strenuous hike takes you up into the Superstitions with an option to go beyond the Draw to the top of the Flatiron.

The trail is rocky and steep
The Flatiron
A view from the mouth of the draw
In the Draw

We were able to work in another concert at the Musical Instrument Museum. The Kenny Barron Trio with Kiyoshi Kitagawa on bass and Johnathan Blake on drums provided an hour and half of inspired playing.

On our last day in camp we decided to make our way into town for a meal and a visit to the Phoenix Art Museum.

We primarily came to see an exhibit of post war Japanese photography
Mass (Colder Darker Matter) by Cornelia Parker
Wall Drawing #1146 c
A sphere lit from the top
by Sol LeWitt
The Firefly Room by Yayoi Kusama

“Become one with eternity. Obliterate your personality. Our earth is only one polka dot among the million stars in the cosmos.”-Yayoi Kusama

We stopped in to eat at Glai Baan which specializes in Thai street food. We highly recommend this restaurant, some of the best Thai food we’ve ever had the pleasure of eating. We then wandered down 24th street to sample the offerings at Wren House Brewing. This brewery is highly rated for good reason.

Our week went by quickly as it always seems to when your enjoying yourself. There is more to explore in the area so we will be back.

14 thoughts on “Lost Dutchman SP, Apache Junction AZ”

  1. I lived not far from there in Chandler for many years. When I was married to my 2nd husband, George, we used to go boating on Canyon Lake outside Apache Junction! There is much history in the Superstition Mts.! Glad you are enjoying yourselves.


  2. It looks like you had a perfect week—all of the things we enjoy. Hiking, gorgeous scenery, music, art, good food, craft…you’ve added some new things to our list next time we return to the Phoenix area. 🙂


  3. Hi to both of you! I especially liked the pic of Pat in the middle of an endless, gorgeous backdrop of scenery. But, as always, love all the pics and comments about places I’m sure I wouldn’t have seen otherwise. Happy travels!!


  4. Your photo of your campsite should be your goto.
    Kenny Barron is a real bonus.
    Great photos and adventure as usual. Thanks for sharing.


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