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 www.ajcity.net/registration for more information on how to register. Pre-registration is required for many of the classes and programs. For more information, go to www.ajcity.net 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.

Lost Dutchman State Park to host viewing event Aug. 12 during the Perseid meteor shower

About 50-80 meteors per hour.

That’s how many sightings people should be able to see Aug. 12 of the Perseid meteor shower, sky authority Steve Kates estimates.

Mr. Kates is Dr. Sky, a radio and television personality and authority on the skies. He will be leading Meteor Madness, an overnight event Aug. 12 at Lost Dutchman State Park, 6109 N. Apache Trail in Apache Junction.

It is hosted by the Friends of Lost Dutchman State Park.

The meteor shower is actually debris from Comet Swift-Tuttle, which is about 16 miles across and the largest object in the universe that regularly gets close to the Earth, Dr. Sky said during a phone interview. The Earth passes through the debris field every Aug. 12-13, he said.

Each bit of debris is about the size of a grain of sand, he said. Remarkably, none of the debris has ever been reported as having hit the surface of the Earth, he said, because each piece is so tiny and moves so quickly.