Monday, February 10, 2014

Superstition Wilderness

       Superstition Wilderness – the name just conjures up visions of a harsh, rugged environment, symbolic of both the mythical and magical Wild West.  Lucky for us, this very special Arizona wilderness area is the real deal and is easily assessable to us all by car, boat, bike and/or foot. 
       The Superstition Wilderness is made up of 242 square miles of harsh, mostly undisturbed landscapes that are located on the far eastern edge of the Valley of the Sun bordering Apache Junction.  It is mostly Sonoran Desert type vegetation but a few pockets of ponderosa pine can be found at the highest elevations.
       Exploring the Superstition Wilderness can be one of the most classic, extreme backcountry experiences in the world, but it does not have to be that way.  Here are some ideas for great family adventures into the Superstition Wilderness that are exciting, fun and easy to find.

-Superstition Mountain Museum is a great place to begin your discovery of the Superstition Wilderness.  Currently Arizona artist Ted DeGrazia’s Superstition painting collection is on display there.  Here a link for more information -

-Grab a picnic lunch and enjoy the trails of Lost Dutchman State Park.  With springtime weather and wildflowers in full bloom, this state park will be an outdoor treasure to discover.  Their moonlight hikes are really unique and special! –

-Take a drive up the Apache Trail.  The first 16 miles past Canyon Lake to Tortilla Flat is paved and easy to drive.  If you’re looking for an adventure, drive the entire 44 miles of the historic Apache Trail to Roosevelt Dam.  Be one of those Arizonans who have conquered the curves of Fish Creek Hill –

-take a boat ride exploring beautiful Canyon Lake on the famous steamboat Dolly. This is a great, fun adventure for the whole family -
-Take the hike through Peralta Canyon and gaze upon the classic symbol of the Superstition Wilderness, Weavers Needle.  The 2.5-mile hike from the trailhead to the overlook is through lush desert vegetation and by mid-February an explosion of wildflowers.  We have made this hike with children as young as 6; be sure to take your own water, sunscreen, hat, good hiking shoes, etc. -

       So as the wonderful weather of February arrives once again, get out and find yourself discovering a part of the rugged Superstition Wilderness of Arizona.  It’s a special experience! 

Canyon Lake

Dolly on Canyon Lake

Tortilla Flat, Arizona

View along the Apache Trail

Weavers Needle

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