An Arizona backpacking trip to brag about, the Superstition Mountains in Arizona got their name for a reason: legend, lore... and a lost gold mine! You may not stumble upon the hidden riches, but we'll show you other Sonoran Desert treasures like petroglyphs, ancient ruins, wildflowers and the beauty of Mother Nature. Hiking in the Superstition Wilderness is a great way to see another side of Arizona, explore the vast acreage of wilderness just outside the hustle and bustle of the Phoenix area.
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Arizona Backpacking Trips - Superstition Wilderness
For an Arizona backpacking trip, the Superstition Wilderness encompasses over 159,000 acres of land in the Tonto National Forest east of Phoenix, Arizona. It's beauty and remoteness makes the area a hiker's dream - hundreds of miles of trail, perennial water sources and varied elevations, making the area a great 3-season hiking destination. The Superstition Wilderness also carries with it a long history from early Native Americans, Mexican miners, American settlers, gold miners, cattle ranchers, US military and even contemporary hunters for the legendary Lost Dutchman's Goldmine. You may not stumble upon the hidden riches, but we'll show you other Sonoran Desert treasures like petroglyphs, ancient ruins, the icon of the southwest - the Saguaro Cactus, wildflowers and the beauty of Mother Nature. Hiking in the Superstition Wilderness is a great way to see another side of Arizona, explore the vast acreage of wilderness just outside the hustle and bustle of Phoenix. This is where the local outdoors enthusiasts go when we need to get some time in the great outdoors - and we keep going back for more!
A backpacking trip in Superstition Wilderness is perfect for the hiker who wants an experience that is outside the norm - a hike that is not just a check off your bucket list. You can come to Arizona to hike the Grand Canyon with all the tourists, or you can hike the Superstitions where you will only see a few handfuls of people while in the backcountry, experience the beauty of one of the most unique deserts in the world and camp by a real campfire! That's right, there are no campfires allowed in Grand Canyon. With so many trails to choose from, it is also a great place for the novice backpacker that wants a real wilderness experience, or the experienced backpacker, that wants some time to hone in on their wilderness skills in the desert environment. Some trails are wide and easy to follow, while others are narrow, rocky, overgrown and require some trail finding skills. There are fresh water springs, an apple orchard and 900+ year old indian ruins.