Arizona sunsets are special. No doubt about that. But Saguaro Sunsets are even better. Light clouds to the west provided an excellent opportunity to snap some terrific pics of the Saguaro Cactus at dusk yesterday. What better location in the east valley to capture Saguaro Sunsets than the scenic Lost Dutchman State Park? I couldn’t think of a better one.
Named after the Jacob Waltz’ famous lost gold mine, the Lost Dutchman State Park is located in Apache Junction, about 40 miles east of Phoenix. Nestled at the base of the Superstition Mountains, the incredibly scenic and renowned park features all of the hallmarks of the beautiful Sonora Desert, including the magnificent Saguaro cactus. The park offers a few nature trails as well as several first-rate hiking trails, which reach into the Superstition Wilderness and into the surrounding Tonto National Forest (I snapped most of these pics within the park). The park also contains a number of Indian cliff dwellings that can be viewed.
A few more words about some of the services provided at the Lost Dutchman State Park. The park offers an excellent campground where tent campers and RV’ers can take in the spectacular scenery. The campground consists of 35 dry camping sites and 35 sites with full electric and water service. Services at the campground include a dump station, restrooms, showers, and group use areas. All campsites provide a picnic table, barbeque grill, and a fire pit. Fortunately, there are no size restrictions on RVs, so there will be no problem if you own a large 40 foot Class A motorhome. Pets on leashes are welcome, though owners must keep animal waste picked up. Click here to view a map of the park and campground. There’s no doubt about it, the Lost Dutchman State Park is a must-see stop on your tour of the Apache Trail. Click here to read my in-depth trip report of the Apache Trail.