DescriptionAs its name implies, Apache Junction—the western terminus of the Apache Trail—is at the junction of US 60 and SR 88. The surrounding desert, lakes and mountains make Apache Junction a natural recreation site. Hiking, horseback riding, picnicking, rockhounding and water sports facilities are available.
At the junction of Old West Highway and SR 88 stands a monument to the memory of Jacob Waltz, purported discoverer of the Lost Dutchman Gold Mine, which is said to be in the nearby Superstition Mountains. The Lost Dutchman Days festival in late February celebrates the local history with a professional rodeo, carnival activities, live music and a parade.
For eight consecutive weekends from the second Saturday in February through late March or early April, the Arizona Renaissance Festival and Artisan Marketplace is held 7 miles east on US 60. Jousting tournaments, wandering musicians, theatrical productions and demonstrations of period crafts are all part of this event re-creating a 16th-century European village at play.
The Festival of the Superstitions is held over Veterans Day weekend and features a parade, children's activities, gold panning, pie eating contests and a car show.
Visitor InfoApache Junction Chamber of Commerce 567 W. Apache Tr. APACHE JUNCTION, AZ 85117. Phone:(480)982-3141 or (800)252-3141
Things to SeeApache Lake