Lost Dutchman State Park Campgrounds

Lost Dutchman campgrounds sign6109 N. Apache Trail
Apache Junction, AZ 85119
480-982-4485 (Park Office)
520-586-2283 (Reservations)

State Park Campground Website

Site Map  ♦ Facebook page

My visit: April 15-26, 2017 – Click pics for large versions

Also see Malia’s Miles Lost Dutchman State Park Overview Page

Basic Info on All Loops

Lost Dutchman Campground Site MapSee the state park Camping Page for basic camping information. All sites, both with and without hookups, have a picnic table, BBQ grill and fire pit.  No sewer hookups at any site. See Facilities Information.

134 total campsites in seven loops.  All sites are nicely paved and roads all well maintained. Campground open all year; 14 day stay limit.

Site Map showing layout and where restrooms/shower buildings are located.  Site Map discrepancies:  Site 71 (where I stayed) is a relatively new site and does have water and electric service, but is shown on Loop 59-70 in a loop does not have hookups.  Site 71 and the other sites (72-74) not shown on the map are designated host sites, so are not reservable. They are sold at the park whenever they are not occupied by hosts.

Links to separate pages with pictures of the different loops below.

Rates In April, 2017, rates for sites with electric/water service were $30/night.  For sites with no hookups, rates were $20/night.  Day use only entry fee is $7.00.  Campers do not have to pay that in addition to the daily site fee.

Lost Dutchman dump station

Dual entrance dump station

Dump Station: A two-way station (enter from either side) is at the entrance to the campground.  No other dump station in any individual loop.

Lost Dutchman bathouse 1 collage

Restrooms/Shower building by lower number loops

Restroom/Shower Facilities: Although the cleanliness of the facilities were always complimented and appreciated by everyone I talked to, the most frequent complaint I heard from other campers was there are not enough of them.

Only two buildings for this large and spread out a campground are really not enough. The largest building by the highest number loop sites have just two shower stalls and three toilet stalls.

When I talked to Ranger Jacque Vallejos, she acknowledged this is a frequent complaint, especially for Loop 76-104 since they have the longest distance to get to them. She said plans are in the works to add another facility by that loop.

Lost Dutchman bathhouse 2 collage

Restroom/Shower building for higher loop numbers

Reservations:  Call 520-586-2283 or make online here ($5.00 non-refundable fee).  You can see pictures and details about sizes, etc. of the sites that are available once you enter your dates and criteria. All sites are able to be reserved up to a year in advance and if you’re planning to stay during the busiest months (January – March), be sure to make your reservations early because they run full pretty much all that time.

Planned Improvements:  New restrooms/shower building for newest loop (Sites 76-104). Cabins are also in the plans to add. Wi-fi is on the wish list, but no time frame for that addition yet.

Pet Friendly: No extra charge for pets. All pets must be on leash and cleaned up after; dog pens are allowed.

Satellite TV: Most sites looked like there would be no problem at all getting satellite reception since they’re all pretty open.

Internet/Wi-Fi/Cell Phone: No wi-fi at the campground at this time. My Verizon phone worked well and Jetpack provided 4G service. I read another review that said AT&T was more of a problem.
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I did separate pages with an overview of the sites and loops as they are divided off the main road, although they don’t appear in numerical order:

Sites with Hookups:
(these sites are usually reserved first)
Electric (20/30/50 amp) and water
16-32 ♦ 41-58 ♦ 71-104

Sites Without Hookups:
1-15  ♦ 33-40  ♦ 59-70 ♦ 105-134 ♦ Group/Overflow

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Pros/Cons

I always provide short recaps of pros and cons about the parks I visit. I realize this is subjective stuff and what bothers some people, others won’t have a problem with, and vice versa. As a fulltime RVer, I like things that weekend campers can do without. But, based on my own observations and/or comments from others, here goes:

button-pro Pros:

  • The Superstition Mountains are amazing and seem to change their look at every glance.
  • Nice amount of space between most sites with beautiful desert views in every direction.
  • Even though just 5 miles from Apache Junction and all the shopping and conveniences you could want (including WalMart), it still feels like you’re surrounded only by nature and miles away from reality.
  • Roads and site pads are in good shape with easy to read signage to navigate through the loops.

button-con Cons:

  • Only one dump facility for this many sites can mean long waits to dump.
  • Only two restroom/shower facility buildings are not adequate for this size campground.
  • Some sites, particularly in loop 105-134, slope somewhat and some complained that it was hard to get completely level.
  • The only other complaint I heard from other campers was no wi-fi at the park.
  • I honestly couldn’t think of anything else, but if you’ve stayed here and have anything you want to say, please feel free to use Comments below.

Lost Dutchman - night lights to deter packratsHelpful Tips:  As I’ve frequently heard about camping in the desert in general, there are mice and pack rats that like to nest in engine compartments of cars and RVs and can really rack up serious damage to wiring, etc.  I’ve heard a good practice is to leave your hoods up since they like more enclosed spaces, and/or have a light on around your RV since they like the dark. I had never had a problem before, but decided to follow that advice since I saw something crossing the road when I came in that I didn’t want to see again.  So I put my rope lights out underneath the RV, hung a light in the RV engine, and got one of those Rid-A-Rat deals for the car engine since that had been recommended by another ranger.  I decided better safe than sorry!

See Park Overview page for more tips from Park Ranger, Jacque Vallejos, who also recommended not leaving food out that would attract them.

RVParkReviews.com – Other campers’ opinions on camping here.  Most say they love the campground and hiking opportunities. Some mention problems with some sites not being level and no nearby restrooms in Loop 76-104.

CampsitePhotos.com:  Provides individual photos of all campsites.

divider-greentwo-centsMalia’s 2 Cents: The site I had here (#71) is on my list of top 10 favorite campsites ever. Being able to sit right outside my front door and watch the moods of the Superstition Mountains at different times of the day was a huge attraction and made it hard to even want to leave the site!

Besides the incomparable view, it is a massive pull-through site with loads of privacy and close enough to the restroom/shower building for me.  I understand it’s one of the newer sites and cannot be reserved since it’s mainly used for camp hosts and volunteers, but can be sold at the park whenever it’s not used for that purpose.

Your Two Cents?  The only way I know if the reviews and research I present are helpful to you is if I hear from you.  I sure would appreciate your feedback in Comments below.  I do have some pictures of a few more individual sites and if you want to see any, leave comment below and I will post here.

More coming soon:

All Malia’s Miles Lost Dutchman State Park Pages:

Park Overview  ♦  Campgrounds Overview
Electric/Water Loops  ♦  No Hookup Loops
Spectacular Desert Sunsets and My Site
Lost Treasure Trail

Nearby Attractions I Explored:

Apache Trail Scenic Drive to Tortilla Flat
Boyce Thompson Arboretum
State Park

Transparency: As stated openly on my Home page, I do barter whenever possible for review space on my website. It’s one of the ways that help support my travel habit and keeps this site free to readers. But I always make it clear that my reviews are my honest opinion, can never be bought at any price and if I wasn’t satisfied, I would also state that (just like I do Pros and Cons on every campground I review, whether it’s bartered or not).

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  • I got this nice email from a reader and thought I’d share it here since this is why I take the time to do these pages:

    “I stumbled upon your website recently. It was very helpful in selecting a camping site at Lost Dutchman State Park in AZ. Thank you and keep up the good work! I’ll be back to visit your website!”

    I’d love to hear more comments! 🙂

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