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Superstition Mountains

Superstition Mountains

Apache Junction, AZ – March 14, 2010

Today we headed North East of Mesa, Az. This is our 6th Winter in Mesa. It was good to get out of town for a few hours.

Superstition Mountains Roadside Marker in Apache Junction, AZ
Superstition Mountains Roadside Marker in Apache Junction, AZ

We started our trip from Apache Junction and headed out on Rte. 88. A few miles up the road we stopped at a roadside gallery run by some Native Americans and checked out their beautiful hand crafted art.

Superstition Mountains
Superstition Mountains

Although not a large range of mountains, more like a large outcropping, the Superstition Mountains are impressive for their ruggedness.

Along the road
Somewhere Along the Road

Here is a map of our excursion. These photos were taken near marker 2.

Along the road 2
Along the Road 2

Along the road 3
Along the Road 3

Along the road 4
Along the Road 4

Canyon Lake
Canyon Lake

This beautiful lake has many long arms, extending for miles and miles. We have taken a steamboat ride here several times.

Canyon Lake 2
Canyon Lake 2

Tortilla Flat
Tortilla Flat

This little town has a rather colorful history and is a common destination for bikers and people like us – just out for a Sunday drive.

Click here to see a map

Tortilla Flat Museum
Tortilla Flat Museum

Tortilla Flat River Crossing
Tortilla Flat River Crossing

This road is often flooded, and sometimes impassible, but crossed never-the-less.

Tortilla Flat Mail Box
Tortilla Flat Mail Box

I thought this Pony Express Mail Drop was very interesting and colorful.

Tortilla Flat History
Tortilla Flat History

This history on the other side of the mail box, which lists all the owners of the Tortilla Flat, is very interesting. Apparently there was a major fire in 1926 and the first Post office was built in 1927.

Lost Dutchman State Park
Lost Dutchman State Park

This state park is a good place to hike in the area.

Lost Dutchman State Park 2
Lost Dutchman State Park 2

Superstition Mountains Museum
Superstition Mountains Museum

Although we arrived after closing time, this appears to be a great museum.

Superstition Mountains Museum 2
Superstition Mountains Museum 2

Superstition Mountains Museum 3
Superstition Mountains Museum 3

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