- This wilderness was first designated in 1939, and was expanded to it's present size in 1984. It now contains approximately 160,200 acres. There is a well developed trail system, and the western end of the wilderness receives heavy use during the cooler parts of the year. Trail conditions vary from fair to very poor, and several trails are unsuitable for horses.
The area is starkly beautiful and often rugged, but can be inhospitable to those not equipped to meet nature on her own terms. Searing heat and a shortage of water are typical conditions in the summer. Bitter cold, rains (and even snowstorms) may occur in the winter. Rumors still abound concerning lost gold mines , and "secret maps," etc., are still being sold to the unwary. The Superstitions, once you make it to the top are rugged and very dangerous. Care must be taken at all times to literally keep from falling off a cliff. The area is dotted with many canyons that drop down for hundreds of feet in some places. Keeping on the trails will better ensure your safe return to civilization. Located in the northern area of the sprawling Phoenix metropolis, lies the equally sprawling town of Mesa. Travel north on the main street (there is only one) to the base. and park.
Ask a local about Superstition Wilderness Area
Ask Mesa Locals about Superstition Wilderness Area
- tel: 480-610-3300
- 26 N. MacDonald, Room 120
- 26 N. MacDonald, P.O. Box 5800
- Mesa, AZ 85211-5800
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