Astronomical league ‘star party’ June 8

The Superstition Mountain Astronomical League has a star party scheduled — weather-permitting — for 8-10 p.m. Saturday, June 8, at Lost Dutchman State Park. A $7-per-vehicle park entrance fee is assessed by Lost Dutchman State Park, 6109 N. Apache Trail in Apache Junction, unless you have an Arizona State Parks park pass. Each year, members […]

Superstition Mountain Astronomical League adds new dates for ‘star parties’

The Superstition Mountain Astronomical League has added three make-up dates and changed one day for its star parties. Each year, members of the group of amateur astronomers in the Gold Canyon/Apache Junction area conduct a series of open-house public astronomical observing sessions and demonstrations, commonly called “star parties,” according to a release. The events are […]

Lost Dutchman State Park kicks-off 2019 with full moon hike

Full moon hikes at Lost Dutchman State Park, 6109 N. Apache Trail in Apache Junction, continue in 2019 with a double feature. From 6-8 p.m. on both Friday, Jan. 18, and Saturday, Jan. 19, rangers will be waiting to guide residents under the glow of moonlight through the Superstition Mountains, according to a press release. […]

Arizona could lose millions without federal grant program for outdoor recreation

Richard Bruner loves Lost Dutchman State Park, nestled at the base of the Superstition Mountains. “Just the beauty of it. It’s amazing out here,” the retired Floridian said after a 5-mile morning walk. “When you get higher up, you can hear the wind blow. When there’s nobody around, there’s no sounds. There’s nothing like that.” […]

Full moon hikes Aug. 25, Sept. 22 at Lost Dutchman State Park in Apache Junction

A guided 2.5-mile hike on Jacob’s Crosscut Trail at the base of the mysterious Superstition Mountains will be held 7-9 p.m. Saturday, Aug. 25, and Saturday, Sept. 22, at Lost Dutchman Park, 6109 N. Apache Trail in Apache Junction. Meet at the Cholla day-use area. “Lost Dutchman is absolutely beautiful at night and the full […]

Recreation programs offered by city of Apache Junction

The following Apache Junction Parks and Recreation Department events and programs are held at the Apache Junction Multi-Generational Center, 1035 N. Idaho Road, unless otherwise specified. Go to for more information on how to register. Pre-registration is required for many of the classes and programs. For more information, go to or call 480-983-2181. […]

Lost Dutchman State Park’s Diana Bishop bids farewell, hosts her final Moonlight Hike Oct. 14

Diana Bishop will give her final moonlight hike at Lost Dutchman State Park after 36 years of service with Arizona State Parks. During her years at Lost Dutchman, the park has changed and grown tremendously while she has hosted the Moonlight Hikes, bringing in many return visitors. She will make her final appearance on the […]

Fourth annual wine tasting event held in Lost Dutchman State Park

    On Saturday, April 16, the Friends of Lost Dutchman State Park hosted its fourth annual wine tasting event in the Lost Dutchman State Park to raise money for the many park projects and programs. The event includes the uniquely Arizona cuisine from Mining Camp Restaurant’s Dutchman’s Hideout, raffle prizes and goodies donated by […]

PCSO: Missing BASE jumper found dead at Lost Dutchman State Park

A base jumper who went missing in the Superstition Mountains was found dead the morning of Saturday, Feb. 27, the Pinal County Sheriff’s Office said.

The victim’s name is 25-year-old Brian Head, Pinal County Sheriff Paul Babeu said at a news briefing. His body was found at around 8:15 a.m. on the side of a cliff face near Syphon Draw.

“Technical Rescue Teams had to rappel down the side of the mountain to recover his body,” Sheriff Babeu said. “When they reached Brian, his parachute harness was not on him and his parachute was never deployed. Investigators believe, Brian fell from the side of the cliff to his death late Thursday afternoon.”

Mr. Head was an avid skydiver and base jumper.

“Our hearts go out to his family and friends,” Sheriff Babeu said.

The man’s mother called in from Dallas Friday to report that her son, who lives in Phoenix, had gone hiking in the Superstition Mountains on Thursday and didn’t return home.

Deputies located the man’s vehicle near the Mining Camp Restaurant.

Search and rescue teams from the Pinal County and Maricopa County sheriff’s offices had been searching for him on the ground.

The Mesa Police Air Unit and DPS Ranger also assisted in the search.

Liberty Wildlife to release horned owl Oct. 24 at Lost Dutchman park

The public is invited to watch a horned owl being released back into the wild Saturday, Oct. 24.

The release program will begin at 2 p.m. at the Cholla day use ramada at Lost Dutchman State Park, 6109 N. Apache Trail in Apache Junction.

This program is included in the park entry fee of $7 per vehicle or with an annual pass.

Pets are not permitted at this event.

The release program will be conducted by volunteers from Liberty Wildlife, an animal rescue and rehabilitation organization.

The volunteers rescue animals, participate in the rehabilitation of the animals, and through their education programs share the release of the animal into the wild trying to instill compassion and stewardship in young minds, according to a press release.

Liberty Wildlife believes strongly in connecting the public, especially children, with the natural world. During the program, trained presenters will teach about the natural history of the desert animal and will tell how it came to be at Liberty Wildlife. They will explain the place that the animal holds in the desert ecosystem and point out adaptations to desert life.