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
|Number of Campsites:||134|
|Use Level:||Medium – High (Winter is the busiest season at Lost Dutchman)|
|RV/Trailer Length:||No Limit|
|RV/Trailer Amenities:||Dump Station, some campsites have electrical hookups|
|Cell Phone Service:||Yes – Most major carriers|
|Operating Season:||Campground open year-round|
|Address:||6109 N. Apache Trail, Apache Junction, AZ 85119|
|Geo Coordinates:||33.454281, -111.481582|
|Nearest City/Town:||Apache Junction, Arizona|
|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.|
|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.
What To Do
Hiking – There are several trailheads in Lost Dutchman State Park for long trails that continue on into Tonto National Forest.
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.