Things To Do in Apache Junction and Gold Canyon Arizona
About Apache Junction, AZ
Located in Pinal County and 40 miles from Phoenix, Apache Junction is near the Superstition Mountains and Tonto National Forest. Gold Canyon Arizona is an unincorporated city that is adjacent to Apache Junction and offers additional activities to explore in this area. Gold Canyon is home to the many “snow birds” which are residents who come to Arizona during the winter to escape the cold and snow in the northern states.
Attractions in Apache Junction Arizona and Gold Canyon Arizona
There are numerous activities to do while you are visiting this historical and unique location. Listed below are some of the top attractions and activities to enjoy while in Apache Junction and Gold Canyon.
Canyon Lake – One of the reservoirs that was created after the Salt River was dammed in 1925. While it is a smaller lake with a surface area of only 950 acres, there are still plenty of opportunities to enjoy swimming, water skiing or boating. The lake is open year round and admission is free to the public. The marina at the lake provides tours on the Dolly Steamboat. There are a number of lunch or dinner tours offering great views of the surrounding canyon.
Lost Dutchman State Park – Named after the Lost Dutchman, Jacob Waltz and his legendary gold mine this State Park is just outside Apache Junction. The park provides scenic views of the Superstition Mountain, desert hikes, mountain biking and tales of visitors searching for the lost gold.
Superstition Mountain Museum – This 4,900 sq. ft. museum was established to help preserve the lore and legend of the Superstition Mountains. In addition to information about the Lost Dutchman Mine, the museum allows visitors to learn about the native inhabitants of this land the Salado, Apaches and others. Tourists who are driving along Highway 88 (also known as the Apache Trail) can’t miss the museum and should take the opportunity to explore the history of this fascinating area.
Goldfield Ghost Town – What started as a mining town in the 1890s, today is a fun way for families to revisit the Wild West. Take a walk down Main Street, witness a gun fight, pan for gold and ride a narrow gauge train around. At the end of it all, stop by the saloon and enjoy a Mammoth Burger and a sarsaparilla.
Another popular activity in this area is hiking in the Superstition Mountain wilderness area and the Tonto Forest. There are several interesting trails with some of the most notable being the Hieroglyphic Trail and the Peralta Trail. Apache Junction and Gold Canyon offer exceptional golf courses and great restaurants and shopping to enjoy too!
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