Superstition Mountains
Superstition Mountains

Superstition Mountains

Phoenix, Arizona, 85119

The basics

The 120-mile (193-kilometer) Apache Trail—once an ancient footpath used by American Indians—loops around the Superstition Mountains and driving the route affords impressive views of the region’s mountains, lakes, and desert. Stop along the way to visit the Superstition Mountain Museum at Apache Junction, which provides insight into the mountains’ unique history and the local legend of the Lost Dutchman's Gold Mine.

Day trips to the Superstition Mountains typically set out from Phoenix and often include other activities such as a tour of the Goldfield Ghost Town or a steamboat cruise around Canyon Lake. To explore further, hike one of the many trails—popular treks include the Treasure Loop, the Peralta Canyon Trail, and the Siphon Draw Trail.

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Things to know before you go

  • The Superstition Mountains are one of the highlights of the Tonto National Forest and a must-do for hikers, with trails to suit all ages and ability levels.
  • Sturdy hiking boots, sun protection, and plenty of water are essentials for hiking in the mountains. There are few places to purchase food, water, and other necessities, so remember to bring everything you need for the day.
  • A visitor pass is required to enter the Toronto National Forest.
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How to get there

The Superstition Mountains are located at the south end of the Tonto National Forest, about 65 miles (105 kilometers) east of Phoenix. There are two main access points—the Peralta Canyon Area, located on Peralta Road off Highway 60, and the Lost Dutchman State Park off Highway 88. Both are about a 1.5-hour drive from downtown Phoenix. There is no public transport to the mountains, so you should have your own transport or book a tour.

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When to get there

The milder winter temperatures from October to April are by far the best time for hiking and exploring the Superstition Mountains. Temperatures can reach 100˚F (38˚C) in summer, so if you do visit at this time, plan an early start to avoid the hottest part of the day.

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Exploring the Tonto National Forest

The Superstition Mountains are one of many natural wonders in the Tonto National Forest and there are plenty of ways to explore the rest of the park. Take a hike along the Mogollon Rim, go white-water rafting along the Salt River, or venture off-road in the Sonoran Desert on an all-terrain vehicle (ATV) or buggy tour. Additional highlights include the Tonto National Monument, known for its ancient Salado cliff dwellings; the Tonto Natural Bridge; and the Canyon, Apache, and Theodore Roosevelt lakes, where popular activities include swimming, fishing, and water sports.

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