Whether you’ve come for a true cowboy experience, are looking for the Lost Dutchman Gold Mine or just passing through, Apache Junction at the infamous foothills of the Superstition Mountains, has a lot to offer. So don’t miss out and plan your perfect day with one or all of these noteworthy events!
1. Horseback Riding with OK Corral Stables
People come from all over the world to soak in this magnificent region of Arizona. The towering mountain range, sweeping views and iconic history of the wild west draw people in for a one-of-a-kind experience! OK Corrals is open all year and caters to children, couples and groups. From experienced riders to those with no experience, adventure rides like the Wilderness Pack Trip or just a quick escape out of the city ensure the perfect experience.
2. The Mammoth Mine Rock Shop
As one of Arizona’s top rock shops, the Mammoth Mine rock shop sits at the foothills of the Superstition mountains. It is situated on an old mine site and offers unique, affordable and beautiful rock, mineral and fossil specimens. Grab a cup of their delicious espresso and learn about the local legends and history of the region from the owner, who has searched and written about the Lost Dutchman gold mine for over 20 years! Still not convinced? The shop also offers a wide and fascinating assortment of dinosaur bones!
3. Hiking in The Superstition Mountains
Ranging in elevation between 2000 and 6265 feet, the superstition wilderness area is national forest land. This 160,000 acres of protected terrain is some of the most rough and rugged ranges in Arizona, offering tons of hiking on designated trails. While Arizona state parks organize hikes with your pets and full moon treks, the more adventurous types are invited to explore dozens of hikes that wind through twisting canyons, jagged rocks and sweeping walls formed by volcanic eruptions millions of years ago. Interested in diverse vegetation? The Weaver’s Needle, a 4,553 spike that catapults over the landscape is a feature of the 6.2 mile stretch on the Peralta trail. The varied terrain, beautiful views and insight into the volcanic origins of the region are breathtaking! Interested in the Lost Dutchman tales? Explore 5.85 miles on the southwest edge of the Superstition wilderness, passing through a rolling bajada on the Lost Dutchman Trail, one of the most popular hikes of the region!
4. Dolly Steamboat Cruise on Canyon Lake
One of the greatest gems in the Superstition mountains is the stunning Canyon Lake. The Dolly Steamboat is a part of a tradition of cruises in effect since 1925. The cruise makes its way through hidden waterways and offers a peak into the lives of the desert big horn sheep, bald eagles, water fowl and other wild life. Choose from a scenic nature cruise or a twilight dinner cruise – relax and admire the serenity and majesty from the decks of the Dolly!
5. Goldfield Ghost Town
Ready to shop and explore? The Goldfield Ghost town is a reconstructed gold mine town from the 1890’s. After 115 years, visitors come for a taste of the wild west. Goldfield, once boasting saloons, general store, school house, meat market, brewery and boarding house, now offers gold mine tours, a history museum and gun fights performed by the Goldfield Gunfighters. Whether you want a ride on the train or want to check out the Mystery shack, there’s something here for everyone!
6. Handlebar Pub and Grill
Hungry yet? Recommend by locals and travelers alike, the Handlebar Pub and Grill features a menu of grass fed local meats, organic produce and wood fired fare. With 28 + rotating handles and 100+ bottles including cask ales and wines, this is an excellent stop with outdoor seating, a variety of bar fare and live music nights with jazz, blues, classic rock, reggae and pub quiz nights!
7. Superstition Mountain Museum
Don’t leave Apache Junction without stopping in the Superstition Mountain Museum. From Native American and geological exhibits, the museum’s collection of memorabilia and art work captures the region’s history and culture. Additionally, rock lovers will enjoy an impressive mineral and mining equipment collection. Local events, lectures and crafts are often feature on the 12 acre site, which is home to the Apacheland Barn and Elvis Memorial Chapel. Don’t leave without picking up some souvenirs! Native American jewelry, hand crafted gift items, pottery and the best book collection in the east valley offers unique collectibles and memorabilia!