The Lost Dutchman State Park is located in the area of the Superstition Mountain in the Sonoran Desert, 40 miles east of Phoenix, Arizona. The park takes its name from a fabled lost gold mine. Apache Junction, USA. 23/03/2011
The Lost Dutchman State Park is part of the Sonoran Desert and the site of a famous lost gold mine legend. The park is located near the city of Apache Junction, 40 miles east of Phoenix, Arizona in the United States. Six trails lead from the park into the Superstition Wilderness: Treasure Loop Trail; Native Plant Trail; Prospector’s View Trail; Jacob’s Crosscut Trail; Siphon Draw Trail; and, Discovery Trail. The images of this story correspond to the Treasure Trail. This 2.4 miles trail offers a majestic view of the imposing Superstition Mountain, and it houses flora ranging from the not less famous giant saguaro cactus, cholla trees, to a variety of colorful desert flowers like the bright brittlebush yellow flowers.
The Superstition Mountain is a massive monolith that rises 3,000 feet over the adjacent desert floor, and 6,000 feet above the sea level. The Superstition Mountain is part of the Superstition Wilderness Area. The Sonoran Desert is a large desert area in North America which extends on both sides of the United States-Mexico border, and one of the hottest and largest deserts in North America.
The legend of the Lost Dutchman Gold Mine in Arizona continues to attract visitors from all over the world to Arizona. According to this legend, there is a very rich gold mine hidden somewhere in the Superstition Mountain. The Lost Dutchman State Park takes its name from this fabled story and is in an area designated as Wilderness. The mysterious mine is named after a man named Jacob Waltz, a German immigrant. The term "Dutchman" was an American slang term for "German,” a common misconception derived from the German word for "German," "Deutsch". This gold mine is considered the most famous lost mine in the history of the United States. People have been seeking –unsuccessfully– for the Lost Dutchman mine since at least 1892. It is estimated that every year about 8,000 people try to find the Lost Dutchman's mine.
The combination of beautiful scenery, legend, mystery, and the desire to find the lost gold mine make the Lost Dutchman State Park a favorite Arizona destination for tourists from all over the world.