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Lost Dutchman Mine, Arizona
If your going to the Superstion Mountains in the desert to find the Lost Duchman Mine - well good luck! We've photogaphed the Peralta Stones and my personal opinon of them is -- they're replicas or fakes. But don't let this stop you from to going to the Museum in Apache Junction as they have large collections of relics from the old days, including Indian relics, and a lot of books on the Lost Dutchman Mine.
Right next to the museum is an old barn that's going to be part of the museum in the future. Stop to see if it's open? Also there is an old church that's kinda neat too! The start of this trip in the desert is on Rt. 88 and continues up to Tortilla Flat.
There is a pretty big complex here that show cases the old Goldfield Mine from the late 1800's. It's always busy so there is probably something worth seeing here. Check it out.
The mountains here are really pretty and colorful. Different mineralization, and moss covering gives them their distinct color. Also a lot of green growth here in the desert.
Last stop for us was Tortilla Flat. This place has been in business for a long time. Now if you keep going you can go up Rt. 88 to Roosevelt Lake and beyond. So don't stop here! People have looked for the Lost Duchman Mine for millenium, maybe someone will get lucky, but it's doubtfull. Long term hunters will dissagree; I say show me the gold.
Enjoy the trip.......
The marina had a lot of boats in it. And it looks like a nice place to keep your boat. The water look clean and clear, and the marina looks to be a pretty up to date facility. There are other public loading ramps available also. Day trips here would be great for fishing.
Canyon Lake looks to be a popular place for boaters and fisherman. It is a beautiful lake and would be a nice place to put your boat in for a weekend of fun. A lot of side canyons to explore here too.
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If you're in the Phoenix or Tucson area then a trip over to Apache Junction would be a great way to spend the day and see some pretty sights. This daytrip should give some ideas for where to look if you're a treasure hunter, or you may already know where to look. Either way have fun.