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How to Visit the Superstition Mountains

Inspiring silence and colossal vistas make the Superstition Mountains a popular hiking destination. Consider which wilderness trails you want to visit before you travel there.


  • Step 1: Explore Siphon Draw Trail back at Lost Dutchman State Park. From this trail it is possible to hike to a landmark called the Flatiron and enjoy an awesome view of the Valley of the Sun -- a nice way to end a memorable vacation.
  • FACT: The Superstition Mountains get their name from ancient Pima Indian legends.
  • TIP: Plan to carry one gallon of drinking water for each day you will be hiking. Temperatures in the mountains can exceed 100 degrees Fahrenheit. Consider having trail maps with you to avoid getting lost.
  • Step 2: Hike the Superstition Wilderness Trails in the adjacent Tonto National Forest. There are dozens of trails, of varying difficulty.
  • Step 3: Take a short hike on Jacob's Crosscut Trail in the state park. The trail runs 0.8 miles along the base of the mountains. For a longer hike, take the trail extensions that lead into the mountains.
  • Step 4: Check out Lost Dutchman State Park in the Sonoran Desert, about 40 miles east of Phoenix, Arizona. The park has hiking trails and campsites near the base of the Superstition Mountains.

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