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8 Facts About the Beautiful Superstition Mountains

Cheyenne Reed

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The Superstition Mountains is a legendary mountain range in central Arizona. It’s famous for its gold mining, pioneer ranchers, and Apache residents.

1) The Superstition Mountains Are East of Phoenix

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They are anchored by ( you guessed it!) the large Superstition Mountain itself.

2) The Mountain Range is Inside the Superstition Wilderness Area

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The whole area has been federally designated.

3) Weaver’s Needle is a Landmark Many Use as a Guide

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Flickr User Dan Sorensen

It’s behind and east of Superstition Mountain. People love to come here to rock climb. But, they also believe a legend that when the sun casts its shadow at a specific time of day, it’ll point to the location of the Lost Dutchman’s Gold.

4) There’s Also Miner’s Needle

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Flickr User jonathansixes

This spot is great for hiking.

5) It’s Home of the Legend of the Lost Dutchman’s Gold Mine

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Flickr User CEBImagery

The story goes that a German immigrant found a wealth of gold in this area. Then to avoid theft, he hid it somewhere within the Superstition Mountains. He only revealed the location to his caretaker on his deathbed. Many seek out his treasure but no one has been able to find anything definitive – yet.

6) There’s a Superstition Mountain Museum

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apachetrailattractions.com

You can learn about all the legends and lore here.

7) The Superstition Mountains Have a Desert Climate

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Flickr User Ashley Hockenberry

There are plenty of hot summer temps, with things being a little more cool in the eastern areas simply due to elevation.

8) There are Many Good Places to Hike and Enjoy the Scenery

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Flickr User Deborah Lee Soltesz

Check out The Lost Dutchman State Park or the Peralta Trailhead and enjoy it!

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