The first time we visited Arizona, we wanted to visit a friend in Apache Junction, just outside of Phoenix. We decided to camp at Lost Dutchman State Park. We didn’t have a reservation, but sites were available. The sites were not large, but adequate, and were very clean and attractive.The best part was the view of the Superstitions, right from our campsite. The movement of the sun throughout the day means the view is ever-changing as the light plays across the rugged rock faces.
The showers were especially convenient at this park. Rather than having showers inside each restroom, a couple of showers were located on the back side of the bathroom building. Each consisted of a individual shower and changing area, behind a secure locking door. This arrangement allows couples to shower together, mothers to supervise their sons, and aides or caregivers to assist disabled visitors easily. The water was hot and there was plenty of parking (which was nice since our campsite was not close to the bathhouse!)
Each campsite has a fire ring with a cooking grate and a picnic table. We really enjoyed being able to sit outside and enjoy the views while we studied !
Visiting Lost Dutchman State Park
Lost Dutchman State Park is open year-round. Camping rates are $15 – $20/night for a non-electric site and $25 – $30/night for sites with electric and water hookups. There are 138 campsites, 68 of which have hookups. A dump station is also available. For park visitors who are not camping, there is a day-use entry fee of $7/vehicle. ($3 for a bicycle)
Lost Dutchman State Park has several hiking trails. Descriptions can be found on the park website. There are also hiking trails outside the state park.
The park hosts a variety of events for visitors as well. These range from guided nature hikes and birding events, to musical performances or stargazing events. Curly particularly enjoyed participating in a birding walk while we were visiting.
Groceries and supplies are widely available in Apache Junction. For bargains on produce, we go to Superstition Ranch Market. This produce store features a wide selection of fruits and vegetables at bargain prices. There are also traditional supermarkets, restaurants, a Planet Fitness, Wal-Mart, home improvement stores, and auto parts stores. There are public parks with playgrounds. There is also a museum, the Superstition Mountain Museum, and a tourist attraction called Goldfield Ghost Town, neither of which we visited.
Although now we boondock in the Tonto National Forest when we visit Apache Junction, if you want a hookups and a bathhouse, Lost Dutchman State Park is a beautiful setting.