With a guest in town for a short visit from Colorado, we decided to drive out to Apache Junction Arizona to visit an old ghost town. Hokey tourist trap, yes, but so much fun and a lot of history in them thar hills! Also known as the “Gateway to the Superstition Mountains” this part of the East Valley of Phoenix is very historic.
From the erie stories of the Lost Dutchman gold mine to the gold fields where they mined gold from the quartz. The history and lure of the Superstition Mountain area is a very amazing part of Arizona. Especially on a warm winter day. It was late October 2014 and we made an early morning departure to arrive before the crowds. And In October it actually does get crowded in Arizona.
It took us all of about 30 minutes to get there since we do live in the East Valley of Phoenix. It was such amazing weather. The kind of Winter day here in Arizona where you can wear shorts and a tee shirt all day and night. A hoodie and some good shoes are always smart though.
Once there we bought our “mine tour” tickets right away. Even early, there was a rather large group that went into the mine with us. Of course there was a “interesting” tour guide. That’s what makes this place fun. A good tour guide will be funny and interesting and you will actually learn something. I made the mistake of mentioning that I had been on the tour before. Should have never done that… -shaking my head slowly- From then on that tour guide included me in all his little tricks and jokes and teasing…He even scared me in the total darkness by flipping my ponytail when he put out the lights!!!!! The laugh was on me that day. But for me that made it all the more fun!
Signs everywhere warning of the danger…
This really is an old mining town… So all you see around you is actually old and historic.
I actually got no photos of inside the mine, first off its pretty dark and second the tour guide had me helping him herding people and other little duties that I hadn’t volunteered for! LOL
Once out of the mine and back into the sunshine we wandered about the town taking photos and talking to people. From the “Ghost Town” you get an amazing view of the Superstition Mountains.
We had lunch at the saloon and headed out.
For more information on this famous Ghost town visit:
We choose not to ride the train… there is more info on that if you visit the link I provided. We headed North into the Superstition Mountain to Canyon Lake. A favorite place for us to take our boat for a day of boating. There are MANY lakes (reservoirs) around the area. Its a great place to own a boat!
After seeing the Lake we went back down the mountain. On the way home we stopped at the Superstition Mountain Museum.
We were on a tight schedule since our friend had to leave that night so we didn’t go into the Museum. We will another time because in that museum are the “Peralita Stones” that everyone thinks lead to the Lost Dutchman mine! To learn more about the legend of the stones and the Lost Dutchman the link below and click on Jacob Waltz “Lost Dutchman” under the Exhibits tab.
I hope you enjoyed this little Arizona day trip… If so leave a comment. 🙂 We’d love to hear from you!
Really Rainey and Mike