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This area protects the prominent landmark of The Superstition Mountains located to the east of the Phoenix metropolitan area. They are anchored by Superstition Mountain, a large mountain that is a popular recreation destination for residents of the Phoenix, Arizona area.
The mountain range is in the federally designated Superstition Wilderness Area, and includes a variety of natural features in addition its namesake mountain. This desert environment has somewhat cooler temperatures at the higher elevation levels.
Numerous hiking trails cross the mountains from multiple access points, including the Peralta Trailhead, the most popular. The Lost Dutchman State Park, located on the west side of Superstition Mountain, includes several short walking trails.
The US Forest Service Tonto Pass if Required to visit any day-use or overnight area with park boundaries of both the Superstition Mountains and Tonto National Forest.
US Wilderness Act of 1964 preserves a number of undeveloped regions in their primeval state, undisturbed by human encroachment.
At 2.9 million acres, Tonto National Forest is the largest of the six national forests in Arizona and is the fifth largest national forest in the United States. The Superstition Mountain Wilderness lies within this area.
Tonto National Forest covers a diverse range of scenery, stretching from the Sonoran Desert floor to the pine forests of the Mogollon Rim. Located immediately northeast of metropolitan Phoenix, this wilderness draws lots of urban visitors.
A famous stagecoach route (and today's Highway SR-88), The Apache Trail follows a scenic route throught the Superstition Mountains. It links the town of Apache Junction at the edge of the Greater Phoenix area with Theodore Roosevelt Lake.
The Trail winds steeply through 40 miles of rugged desert mountains, past deep reservoir lakes like Canyon Lake and Apache Lake. The narrow, winding road is unpaved from just east of the town of Tortilla Flat to Roosevelt Dam; there are steep cliff drops and little in the way of safety barriers. The trail requires caution when driving and it is not recommended for large RVs, SUVs, or caravans.
Men are generally idle, and ready to satisfy themselves, and intimidate the industry of others, by calling that impossible which is only difficult. - Samuel Johnson (1709 - 1784), Life of Boerhaave.
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