Lost Dutchman State Park

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Lost Dutchman State Park

Arizona

(480) 982-4485

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Overview

Named after the fabled lost gold mine, Lost Dutchman State Park is located in the Sonoran Desert, 40 miles east of Phoenix. Several trails lead from the park into the Superstition Wilderness and surrounding Tonto National Forest. Take a stroll along the Native Plant Trail or hike the challenging Siphon Draw Trail to the top of the Flatiron. Depending on the year's rainfall, you might be treated to a carpet of desert wildflowers in the spring. Enjoy a weekend of camping and experience native wildlife including mule deer, coyote, javelina and jackrabbit.

The park offers a variety of hiking trails, nature trails, picnic facilities, 72 campsites, a dump station, restrooms, showers, and group use areas. The visitor center sells maps and other publications. Before you hike, be prepared with enough water and proper footwear as the trails are steep and challenging.

Map of Lost Dutchman (AZ)

Latitude, Longitude: 33.460412, -111.481550

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Activities

  • Camping

    A group camping area is available by reservation for RV or tent groups. Groups are encouraged to look area over for suitability prior to making a reservation. The campground currently has 72 campsites on paved roads for tents or RVs. 38 sites have with electric and water. Each site has a picnic table and barbeque grill, but no fire pits. Sites are selected on a first-come, first-served basis. There is no size restrictions on RVs. Pets on leashes are welcome. Cigarette butts and animals waste must be picked up; no animals left unattended.

  • Hiking

    Native Plant Trail: Located near Visitor Center, this 1/4 mile trail features desert plants along an accessible paved trail..

    Treasure Loop Trail: Length 2.4 miles round trip, rated moderate, elevation change of 500 feet. It terminates at either picnic area.

    Prospector's View Trail: Length 0.7 miles, rated moderate. It connects Siphon Draw Trail with Treasure Loop Trail also connects with Jacob's Crosscut Trail.

    Jacob's Crosscut Trail: Trail runs 0.8 miles along the base of the mountain, rated easy. It connects Treasure Loop Trail with Prospector's View Trail, and continues 4.5 miles past the park area along the base of the Superstitions.

    Siphon Draw Trail: 4 miles round trip, a very scenic hike, this trail winds up into a canyon known as Siphon Draw. It is possible to hike up the Flatiron (5.8 miles roundtrip), although it is not a designated, maintained trail all the way. It's advised that only experienced hikers in good shape attempt to hike to the top, as the climb is steep and difficult to follow. Allow at least five hours to the Flatiron and back.

    Discovery Trail: Connects the campground and day use areas. Features information signs, a wildlife pond, bird feeder and viewing bench.

  • Historic Sites

    Tours may be available; Please contact park services for more information.

  • Picnicking

    13 single shaded ramadas with tables, grills are available for picnics. Restrooms and drinking fountains are located nearby.

Seasonality/Weather

Lost Dutchman State Park is located in the Sonoran Desrt of the southwestern United States at an elevation of 2,000 feet. The climate is arid with an average annual rainfall of about 14 inches. During the winter, daytime temperatures usually reach 60° F. The weather is predominantly sunny with seasonal winter rains coming from the Pacific Ocean. Summer months are extremely hot with daytime temperatures soaring above 100°. Hot weather in July and August can produce thunder, lightening, blowing dust, and occasional heavy rain. This "monsoon" season normally ends by the latter half of September. The park's busy season is October to April, when temperatures are moderate.

Directions

Driving

From Phoenix, AZ: Head west on W Washington St toward N 1st Ave, take the 1st left onto S 1st Ave, take the 1st left onto W Jefferson St, slight right to merge onto I-10 E toward Tucson. Take exit 154 to merge onto US-60 E toward Mesa - Globe, take exit 196 for AZ-88 E/Idaho Rd. Turn left at S Idaho Rd, slight right at AZ-88 E/N Apache Trail.

Flying

Nearest airport is in Pheonix, AZ.

Phone Numbers

Primary

(480) 982-4485

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