We had a great time at the Lost Dutchman State Park. Lost Dutchman is located in the Sonoran desert just 40 miles east of Phoenix in Apache Junction Arizona. The campground has 72 campsites (38 with electric and water hookup), a dump station and a small shower house (2 shower stalls). The 292 acre park has a variety of hiking and nature trails, some leading into the Superstition wilderness and surrounding Tonto National Forest. The Siphon Draw Trail leads to the top of Flat Iron (4861 ft).
We visited the perfect time of year (March), and were treated to beautiful spring wild flowers. Maui enjoyed watching all the birds, both from the dash and while he was out walking on his leash. We laughed out loud to the sound of road runners dashing across the roof of the RV. We even had some cardinals that liked to hang out on the bushes and cactus in our camping spot. That cardinal red really stands out against the desert.
The mountains are a very beautiful background, they change color all day as the sun moves across the sky. As the sun is setting they become very vivid and colorful. At night, in addition to the canopy of stars, you can see the city lights down in the Phoenix valley.
Lost Dutchman State Park provides a very nice setup for a campfire. We cooked and stayed warm while star gazing by the fire ring. We used the cooking grate built into the fire ring several times.
We spent some time hiking, biking and even shooting rocks into the desert with a slingshot.
We had good friend (who now lives local here) and his family visit us and we took them hiking in the desert and then visited the tourist trap at Goldfield Ghost Town. We BBQ’d some burgers, dogs and had a great day with them.