Lost Dutchman State Park Campground is a large desert campground located at the foothills of the towering Superstition Mountains on the far eastern edge of the Phoenix metro area. The park is located along the historic Apache Trail (AZ-88), and is boxed in by largely undeveloped private land on the south and west, and Tonto National Forest on the north and east. Lost Dutchman campground is a highly developed campground that is well suited for RV camping, but also accessible for tent and car camping. The area is popular area for hiking, with many of the scenic trailheads to explore the mountains located within Lost Dutchman State Park.

There are 134 developed campsites at Lost Dutchman State Park Campground that are popular with Snowbirds. The campsites are located in four main loops, with a handful of back-in campsites, and a lot of pull-through campsites for large RVs. All of the campsites have fire rings and picnic tables. There are bathrooms with showers onsite. There are electrical and water hookups at 68 of the campsites.

As with any other desert campground, expect high temperatures in the summer, and be on the lookout for snakes and scorpions.

Picacho Peak State Park Campground Features

Campground Type: Organized
Number of Campsites: 134
Cost:
  • $25/night for electric hookup site + $5 fee
  • $15/night for non-electric hookup site + $5 fee
Use Level: Medium – High (Winter is the busiest season at Lost Dutchman)
Dogs Allowed: Yes
Fire Rings: Yes
Drinking Water: Yes
Toilets: Yes
Showers: Yes
Trash/Dumpsters: Yes
Hiking Access: Yes
Beach/Lake Access: None
RV/Trailer Length: No Limit
RV/Trailer Amenities: Dump Station, some campsites have electrical hookups
Cell Phone Service: Yes – Most major carriers
Wifi: None
Operating Season: Campground open year-round
Other:

Getting There

Address: 6109 N. Apache Trail, Apache Junction, AZ 85119
Geo Coordinates: 33.454281, -111.481582
Nearest City/Town: Apache Junction, Arizona
Elevation: 2100 Feet
Location: Pinal County, Arizona
Paved Road Access: Yes
Proximity to Stores: 5 miles to Apache Junction, Arizona
Directions: Travel 5 miles north on Apache Trail (AZ-88) from Apache Junction. The entrance to the park will be on your right.

Connect

Phone: (480) 982-4485
Web: Arizona State Parks
Reservations: via Arizona State Parks

When To Go

Winter & Spring – Lost Dutchman State Park is busiest with the snowbird crowd in the Winter, but it is offers some of the best weather for camping. In spring the campground quiets down some, and offers good weather as well.

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What To Do

Hiking – There are several trailheads in Lost Dutchman State Park for long trails that continue on into Tonto National Forest.

Fun Facts

The area around Lost Dutchman State Park campground and the nearby Superstition Mountains is known for the small gold mines that operate in the area, but is mostly known for the legend of the Lost Dutchman’s gold mine. The search for the legendary mine and the Dutchman’s hidden cache of gold attracts more than 8,000 treasure seekers each year.

Image Credits: Doug Kerr via Flickr

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