Lost Dutchman State Park RV & Campground Guide

Arizona

Open year round in the Sonoran Desert of Central Arizona, the Lost Dutchman State Park is located just 40 miles east of Phoenix. Named after the Lost Dutchman’s Gold Mine, a famous lost gold mine from tales of the old west, the State Park boasts 320 acres of beauty at an elevation of 2,060 feet.

From native wildlife including mule, javelina and jackrabbit and beautiful foliage like desert wildflowers, there is something for everyone to enjoy at Lost Dutchman State Park. Ready to experience all that the beautiful Arizona desert has to offer, or just interested in what makes the Lost Dutchman State Park unique and worth a visit? Read on!

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Weather
Spring 58-92 F
Summer 75-104 F
Fall 58-86 F
Winter 40-65 F
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Youngberg, AZ
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RV Resorts & Campsites in Lost Dutchman State Park

Sure, there is something to be said for camping under the stars in a tent, but sometimes sleeping bags can get uncomfortable! There’s nothing quite like enjoying the beauty nature has to offer, but still returning to a comfortable bed and fully stocked kitchen. All that and more is possible in an RV. If you think RVing during your time at the State Park is a good option for your group, consider renting one from RVshare.com, where you can find a custom rig suited just for your family, at a price that suits your exact budget. All rentals come with nationwide insurance, 24/7 roadside assistance, and a world-class team dedicated to helping you succeed.

Making your Lost Dutchman experience even better, the State Park campground offers 134 campsites with no size restrictions, all which include a picnic table and fire pit with an adjustable grill grate. Half of the sites provide electric with 50/30/20 amp service and water. Non-hookup site pads are paved for both tents and RVs. However, spots can fill up quickly, so here is some information on the best RV parks and campgrounds in the area.

Mesa/Apache Junction KOA

Located nearby the Lost Dutchman State Park in Apache Junction, the Mesa/Apache Junction KOA features the stunning backdrop of beautiful mountains, desert foliage and cacti, Indian ruins and much more. It’s just 30 miles west of Phoenix, and has a max pull through of 65 feet.  

Water hookup: yes

Electrical hookup: yes

Sewer hookup: yes

Wifi: yes

Pet-friendly: yes

Other amenities: hot tub/sauna, pool (open year-round), dog park, newly remodeled facilities, available meeting room and RV clubs/rallies

Countryside RV Resort

Located 50 miles east of downtown Phoenix, Countryside RV Resort is an age qualified (55+) RV resort and campground. It’s located with a view of Superstition Mountains and is just minutes from Lost Dutchman State Park, plus it’s nearby shopping, sightseeing, ghost towns and many other attractions.

Water hookup: yes

Electrical hookup: yes

Sewer hookup: yes

Wifi: yes

Pet-friendly: yes

Other amenities: clubhouse, gameroom/billiards, shuffleboard, restroom/shower facilities, library, whirlpool/spa/hot tub, laundry facilities, business center, fitness center, ballroom/banquet hall and private mailbox/mail center

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What to Do at
Lost Dutchman State Park

Inside Lost Dutchman State Park

Lost Dutchman State Park isn’t just a beautiful backdrop for a few nights of camping. It’s a great vacation spot for anyone who loves all that nature has to offer. The state park is located just miles from the metro Phoenix area, and provides visitors and locals alike a beautiful, nature escape from the big city. There are plenty of trails for all members of your family, ranging from easy to moderate and even trails for advanced hikers. There is plenty more to do within the State Park, including:

Biking – Mountain biking in and around the beautiful Superstition Mountains is an experience for all! The park has four miles of mountain bike singletrack at the foot of the mountain, which is rated beginner to intermediate. There are also multi-use trails in the Tonto National Forest, which can be easily accessed from the Lost Dutchman State Park, and a ½ mile, hard-packed granite trail that leads from the Campground to the Ranger Station.

Wildlife Viewing – Whether you’re bicycling through the park, enjoying a hike or just relaxing and spending some solitude in nature, there are year-round wildlife viewing opportunities. The large variety of Arizona wildlife species that can be found within the State Park include mule deer, coyote, javelina, bobcat and jackrabbit. Keep in mind that many desert animals are nocturnal, so early morning and late evening is the best time for wildlife viewing.

Outside Lost Dutchman State Park

Since Lost Dutchman State Park is nestled within the mountains of Arizona, nearby so many historic towns and old mining areas, there’s no shortage of things to do and see. And if you’re itching for some big city excitement, you’re just a quick drive from the metro area of Phoenix. Once you’ve exhausted the nature fun within the park, take some time to sightsee, grab a delicious meal or do some shopping.

Restaurants

Filly’s Roadhouse

A local favorite in downtown Apache Junction, Filly’s Roadhouse serves famous secret dusted chicken that is crispy on the outside and moist and juicy on the inside, famous wings, salads, sandwiches and much more.

Type: American

Location: Apache Junction, AZ

Lakeshore Restaurant

Lakeshore Restaurant features casual dining like seafood, BBQ ribs, fresh salads, sandwiches and more. The food is delicious, but the views are even better! The restaurant is located right on the banks of Saguaro Lake, within the Tonto National Forest, and offers breathtaking views of the Lake and the Sonoran Desert.

Type: American

Location: Mesa, AZ

Mammoth Steakhouse and Saloon

Located within the Goldfield Ghost Town, the Mammoth Steakhouse and Saloon is an authentic remnant from the historic town of Tombstone, Arizona. Meticulously restored for display, the Saloon serves up appetizers and the famous Mammoth Burgers, plus juicy steaks and cold drinks.

Type: Steak

Location: Apache Junction, AZ

Shopping

Downtown Apache Junction

Ready to do some shopping to bring home a souvenir or just do some window shopping? Head on down to Downtown Apache Junction. The area features local shopping unique to the area as well as restaurants, entertainment and more.

Location: Apache Junction, AZ

Sightseeing

Goldfield Ghost Town

Step back into time at the Goldfield Ghost Town – all the way back to the 1890s! Located just a stone’s throw from the State Park, the Ghost Town allows visitors to experience the excitement and grandeur of Arizona’s Wild Wild West! The period town features a saloon, rock shop, ice cream parlor, Native American arts and crafts, live “gunfights” on weekends, the Goldfield Museum and much more.

Location: Apache Junction, AZ

Arizona Steamboat Cruises

After a long day of enjoying the Lost Dutchman State Park, take to the lake! Canyon Lake, that is. With the Arizona Steamboat Cruises and the Dolly Steamboat, visitors can cruise the secluded inner waterways of the lake on an old-fashioned steamboat. A variety of sightseeing and dinner cruises are available.

Location: Tortilla Flat, AZ

Tortilla Flat

Tortilla Flat, population: six, is an authentic remnant of an old West town. It’s the last remaining stagecoach stop along the Apache Trail, just two miles past Canyon Lake. The historic town has a restaurant and saloon, country store, mercantile and gift shop and much more. History buffs and those who just want to step back in time alike will enjoy a visit!

Location: Tortilla Flat, AZ

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How to Get to
Lost Dutchman State Park

Lost Dutchman State Park is located 40 miles east of Phoenix, on N Apache Trail in Apache Junction. Traveling from Phoenix, enter the park via U.S. Highway 60, the Superstition Freeway.

Entering Lost Dutchman State Park

Just like most state parks, there’s a fee.

The park is open year-round and hours are as follows:

Trails: 6 a.m. - 10:00 p.m.

Visitor Center/Park Store:

Monday - Friday: 7 a.m. - 7 p.m.

Saturday - Sunday: 6 a.m. - 7 p.m.

Vehicle : $7

Bicycle : $3

We can’t wait for you to experience Lost Dutchman State Park for yourself. Whether you’re traveling to the area to experience some history of the Wild Wild West, or experience the beauty of desert Arizona, you are sure to have a great time. Don’t forget to tag us in your social media posts or shoot us a photo and some details at [email protected]. We may just feature your story on our blog or social media channels. Happy camping!