We are the Friends of Lost Dutchman State Park
Friends groups are concerned citizens who organize themselves around a need… a worthy cause. In our case, it was to save our park.
Lost Dutchman State Park is known as the “Gateway to the Superstitions.” She is home to amazing native plant and animal life, and vistas made famous by artists and movie makers. The park draws visitors from around the world and helps build the economic strength of the surrounding area, Apache Junction and Gold Canyon. We need our park and she needs us.
Join us in fundraising, bringing a program to the park, leading a project, or just starting a buzz about the park and you can make a difference. Here’s what we’re busy doing…
The fourth annual Picture Perfect Park wine tasting is now a fond memory. We can’t thank all the folks enough for coming out on a beautiful, frankly a glorious day for this event. The rangers are making out their wish list and we are getting our shovels ready to break ground on our trail project… all things we do for the park made possible by our fundraising and YOU! Stay tuned for more information and for the next event!
Ticket Purchase: available in January
Fundraising is the only way that the park can purchase needed equipment and complete the trail and campsite improvements that make our park the camping and hiking destination for visitors world-wide. This event has been successful because it’s a community effort. Friends of Lost Dutchman State Park board and members organize it, host it, and even perform during it. See our support page for a list of its sponsors and supporters, most of whom are neighbors to the park. To become a sponsor/supporter/volunteer, contact us.
Friends of Lost Dutchman State Park programs educate and bring awareness of the park, its resources and needs; programs draw people to the park. Check the calendar for dates and times.
An Amazing Walk Through the Sky is an edutainment, seasonal program supported by the Friends. Once a month (October – May) Dr. Sky (Steve Kates) brings his incredible mix of entertainment, technology, and astronomical knowledge to the park to teach you how to navigate the skies.
Meteor Madness is our newest annual event celebrating the peak of the Perseid Meteor Shower. The first Meteor Madness event was held August 12, 2015 in the Lost Dutchman State Park with over 200 people attending, a live broadcast with meteor events around the globe, and of course, fun, food, prizes. Join us and your host, Dr. Sky, next year, see calendar for announcements.
Geocaching Program is offered by FLDSP board member, Robert Cooper. Coop is as knowledgable about the area as anyone, he runs the Superstition Area Rescue operation and has traversed more trails and wilderness areas in the Supers than most people can dream of. One of his passions is Geocashing, it’s fun, it’s educational, and it could save your life some day. Check our calendar for dates and times.
Proposed Friends projects are made possible only through donations and funds raised by the Friends of Lost Dutchman State Park. Each project will have its own blog page (presence) on our website with the project’s timeline, plans and other information. You can get involved by volunteering/fund raising/donating for your favorite project. Click on the project list below for details.
SOLAR TRAIL PROJECT (page is under construction)
CAPITAL FUNDS CAMPAIGN (see our Support page for the wish list that this will fund)
STARTING A BUZZ
DID YOU GET YOURS YET?
We’re talking about the one-of-a-kind, “I Hiked the Flatiron” t-shirt, available only from the Friends of Lost Dutchman State Park.
In case you didn’t know it, the ascent to Flatiron is considered by many as one of the most difficult hikes in our state. If you’ve conquered it, you’re part of a one-of-a-kind, elite group worth buzzing about. The hike originates at the Siphon Draw trailhead in the park. If you want to experience the hike (without breaking a sweat), check out this video made by two awesome park visitors (if you like the video, we know you will, let the girls know on their YouTube channel… start a buzz).
Contact us for purchase information (shipping fees apply).