Pinal County: Apache Junction

Apache Junction, the gateway to the Superstition Mountains, offers a myriad of attractions within easy reach of Phoenix. Made famous by the legend of the Lost Dutchman Mine, Apache Junction and the Superstition Mountains offer history, outdoor activities and adventure. 

This is the start of the Apache Trail, with its many attractions. The drive up the trail, alone, is worth the trip for its breath-taking scenery. Stops include Lost Dutchman State Park, a wide array of hiking trails, and Family Camping, Junior Ranger and Junior Buddy programs, along with many special events. Cabins for camping are available.

Don’t miss the Superstition Mountain Lost Dutchman Museum, operated by the Superstition Mountain Historical Society. In addition to its comprehensive exhibit galley and many free lectures and events, the museum has the only two surviving sets from the Apacheland Movie Ranch, the famous Movie Ranch Barn and the Elvis Memorial Chapel, built for the movie Charro (available for weddings and special events), along with the only 20-stamp mill ore crusher in Arizona and a G-scale model railroad exhibit.

Just down the road is the Goldfield Ghost Town, a completely reconstructed 1890s gold mining town. Entrance to the town is free, with fees for a number of the attractions, which include a zip line, a narrow gauge railroad, mine tours, the Historic Goldfield Museum, gold panning and many more, along with free gunfights.

Apache Junction offers a number of hotels and several local restaurants: Add in golfing, horseback riding, a stop in nearby Gold Canyon or at the Arizona Renaissance Festival, and boating jet skiing, and fishing at Canyon Lake. Plan to stay awhile.

Bucket List

  • Lost Dutchman State Park
  • Superstition Mountain Museum
  • Goldfield Ghost Town
  • Hiking and mountain biking
  • The Arizona Renaissance Festival
  • Canyon Lake