An indomitable spirit resounds throughout Apache Junction, as rustic and bold as the Superstition wilderness that serves as a breathtaking backdrop to those who call this place home. Often underestimated, but with many claims in its history from gold to land, Apache Junction is a place where good old-fashioned hard work intersects with a conviction of independence and a passion for adventure.
As a gateway community to Lost Dutchman State Park, Apache Junction is an outdoor enthusiast’s playground. The Superstition Mountains tout some of the best hiking trails in the state. In addition to outdoor recreation, Apache Junction has a rich, pioneering history embedded in ranching and gold mining. For those seeking an authentic experience, the Superstition Mountain Museum and Goldfield Ghost Town immediately take you back to a time and place far more simple. Horses tied to hitching posts, rusted out mine carts, and stories from bygone times welcome you to this place filled with mystery and surrounded by legends.
Don’t be fooled by Apache Junction’s rugged appearance. This is a community as strong in family values as it is in recreation and folklore. With robust programming in Parks & Recreation and a multitude of popular events like the Festival of the Superstitions, Superstition Blues & Brews, and Lost Dutchman Days, Apache Junction comes together in places where activity and interaction help to connect people to each other and to their community. The resilience of past settlers have blazed the trail for current and future residents in a place surrounded by legends and founded on grit and neighborliness.
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Arts & Culture (Recommended up to 1)
Being less than an hour away from Phoenix, Apache Junction provides plenty of once in a lifetime experiences for visitors looking for a quick, fun weekend getaway. Where else can one catch a dinner show, watch some greyhound races, and step back in time to the 14th century all in one place?
Can’t decide between grabbing a bite to eat or a concert? Why not both? Barleens Dinner Show offers a variety of musical experiences from rock ‘n’ roll, country and modern hits. If this is up your alley, make sure to book your tickets ahead of time!
This annual festival is an absolute must-see for travelers to Apache Junction. This event features an outdoor village, an arts and crafts fair, and attractions such as a jousting tournament. This event usually occurs February through the first week of April, so don’t miss this experience, purchase tickets in advance!
During your stroll through Downtown Apache Junction, be sure to keep an eye out for beautiful murals all around the street. Stop by, admire the art, and snap a few pics with these artistic pieces!
Downtown Mural Art (various)
The Superstition Arts & Cultural Alliance promotes the rich art scene in Apache Junction, Gold Canyon, and Superstition Mountain Region. Check out their Facebook page for news and events going on during your visit!
If you’re looking for art within nature be sure to stop by EarthHeart Park & Community Garden! Make sure to check ahead of time for special events!
History, Heritage & Tradition (Recommended up to 2)
As a former mining town, Apache Junction is rich in history that dates back to the 1800’s. Throughout the community, you will find a myriad of historic sights like saloons, chapels, and barns. Learn history from informative exhibits or get hands-on experiences like panning for gold! Connecting with the region’s past is easy and fun in Apache Junction.
Ever wanted to experience the wild west? Goldfield Ghost Town is a must-see experience filled with historic buildings, unique shops, a saloon, and a wild west gunfight. You can also pan for gold or ride AZ’s only narrow gauge train!
The Superstition Mountain Museum offers a myriad of attractions from a miner’s shack, an old barn, a picturesque chapel, and more! You can also stop inside for exhibits like the Lost Dutchman exhibit or do some shopping at the museum store!
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The Dons Monument, dedicated to the Lost Dutchman, is the oldest structure in Apache Junction. This monument is near other historical sights, so you won’t want to miss it!
Need help identifying what to do first? The Apache Junction Chamber of Commerce is the sixth most visited center in the state. Any of the 20 volunteers are experts on the area and can assist you create your dream adventure in AJ.
Also known as the Apache Trial, State Route 88 is perfect for those who like road trips. This drive is one of the most scenic in the state, and make sure to stop at Tortilla Flat! This is the perfect stop for vintage buildings, snacks, and souvenirs!
If you’re planning your Apache Junction trip at the beginning of the year, you won’t want to miss the Lost Dutchman Days annual event. From carnival attractions and rides to a rodeo, there is plenty of fun for all ages!
Wine & Dine (Recommended up to 4)
Apache Junction offers plenty of options for your dining experience including Italian food, Mexican cuisine, smoked barbeque, Greek dishes, and more! Not only is there delicious food, but many of the establishments have live music, karaoke, and beautiful views of the Superstition Mountains.
Pizza lovers will find a tasty slice here! The Hitching Post Saloon offers freshly made pizza, an outdoor patio, and live country music. Stop here for upbeat entertainment, live bull riding, and good food!
You won’t be hungry after dining at the Meat Slicer Deli. With huge, tasty sandwiches and fresh ingredients, come satisfy your sandwich craving and wash it down with an ice cold soda.
Family recipes live on at Tipsy Kow. Those who are looking for premium, hand smoked meats are sure to love the atmosphere this place offers. Order some ribs and a tasty drink from their many selections.
If you’re wanting fuel for your adventure in the morning or stopping by after you see a few sights, Toast Gio’s is the place to go. From traditional American breakfast, to fresh Mexican cuisine, you’ll find a wide variety of tasty selections here!
Looking for a place to fill up with tasty food and then dance it off? Superstition Skies is a historic spot with beautiful views, live country music, and tasty apps and burgers. This is the perfect place to relax after a day of exploring!
Those craving gyros should definitely stop by this place! Be transported to another city with tasty, authentic gyros and Greek cuisine.
Dog Run Saloon offers a warm environment and has a wide variety of food options. On any given night, you can view or join in on karaoke, a game of pool, or even bring your furry friend along for the fun!
With a relaxing environment, delicious Mexican food, a beautiful interior, visitors who eat here are sure to be entranced by the charm. Elvira’s boasts a wide variety of options from burritos, tacos, tamales, and more!
For nightly entertainment, southwestern-style dishes, and a comfortable atmosphere, stop by Taradiddles! Serenade restaurant guests during open mic night, or sit back and enjoy the show. Either way, this spot will provide a unique experience!
Bubble tea can be hard to find in rural towns, but not Apache Junction! Saigon Noms offers a variety of boba drinks in all flavors and combinations, as well as tasty Vietnamese sandwiches.
Looking for a family friendly joint? Fatman’s Pizza was voted the “Best Mom & Pop Pizza” in the East Valley. Stop by to see why this pizza place is beloved by all. Whether you order their specialty pizza or you’re in the mood for a tasty burger, you will not be disappointed!
Don’t be fooled by the name, you won’t find any chain store food here, just great food and friendly staff! Mickey D’s serves up breakfast & brunch for those looking for some good old fashioned bacon and eggs before their Apache Junction adventure.
This family-owned and operated deli serves delicious pizza, chicken parm, and other Italian classics. Dino’s ensures quality food that doesn’t skimp on the details. Each meal is made fresh and is sure to impress!
Stop by this casual pub for a game of cornhole or to try one of their rotating craft beers. This spot prides itself on not offering any fried food, so fill up on some delicious salads, sides, pizza, or burgers!
This diner offers the perfect small town feel with plenty of options for soup, salad, or sandwiches. If you’re looking for a quick bite to eat before you explore, this place is a must!
If you’re in town on a Wednesday, stop here for their margarita night. Planning a weekend trip? This spot also offers prime rib on Fridays after 3pm. With great prices and great staff, you’re sure to enjoy your meal and relax with a couple of drinks.
Los Gringos Locos serves tasty Mexican food and margaritas. Enjoy aesthetically pleasing drinks served by friendly staff and choose from appetizers, breakfast, lunch, or dinners, all served fresh as can be!
Locals and visitors alike stop by Dirtwater Springs to enjoy American cuisine and a rustic atmosphere. With a wide variety of options ranging from fresh Alaskan cod to PB&J bacon burgers, the whole family will be able to satisfy their cravings!
Unique Shopping (Recommended up to 2)
From model trains to high quality jewelry, souvenir shoppers are sure to find unique items to commemorate their trip to Apache Junction. Stop by a local shop for some western wear, or grab your outfit for the renaissance festival! Wherever you shop, you’ll find something you love.
Calling all musicians! This local shop offers all kinds of new and used guitars, accessories, and some percussion instruments. In the area for a gig? They even offer guitar repairs and amp services!
Horse’n Around is the place for unique Western wear. Stop by and pick yourself up a new cowboy hat or stock up on some southwestern jewelry!
For those who have horses, Crazy Horse Saddle Shop offers new and used saddles, tack, and rope. These unique pieces are gems to add to your collection!
Love all things trains? Visit Obies Trains and meet passionate model railroad enthusiasts. They’re happy to talk trains all day long and help you find exactly what you’re looking for whether it be complete train sets to all types of accessories!
You can find high quality jewelry at this spot that’s been open since 1989. They use the finest minerals and create unique pieces you won’t find anywhere else. Can’t wait for your trip to AJ? Good news, they also have an online store!
Ever wish you were the main adventurer in a fantasy? Or dreamed of living in another realm? Explorers Emporium is filled with costumes, games, medieval gear, and tons of other accessories and trinkets. Stop here for your next adventure!
Take a piece of Apache Junction home at The Treasure Box. This spot sells a variety of jewelry, beadwork, and other mediums that showcase locally mined gems and rocks.
Step into simpler times at this antique mall. Antique shopping fanatics are sure to find unique pieces to add to their collection.
Whether you’re looking for readings or beautiful crystals to choose from, the choice is crystal clear! Stop here for some one-a-kind gems and experiences.
Looking for a healthy snack on your journey throughout the Superstition Mountains? Wanting to stop for some picnic food to enjoy at the local park? The Good Apple Natural Market has plenty of selections that are good for your soul!
Everyone loves a good swap meet! Browse the huge selection at Mall of Peddlers and find new home decor, accessories, or other unique finds to bring home and commemorate your trip to Apache Junction!
Outdoor Sports & Recreation (Recommended up to 2)
Outdoor enthusiasts will fall in love with all the opportunities to move your body and explore nature. This region offers hiking trails, picnic areas, and golf courses with a backdrop of the Superstition Mountains. Want something to get your adrenaline rushing? Rent some RZR’s, hop on a jet ski, or run a marathon! Either way, you’ll have a fun day in the great outdoors.
With 18 holes, a gorgeous view, and bar & grill, you’re sure to have a great experience at the Apache Creek Golf Course. Book some tee time and spend your day at this beautiful golf course during your trip!
This golf resort has one of the top courses in Arizona: the Dinosaur Mountain course. You can stay at this golf resort, play plenty of golf, relax at the spa, or grab dinner all in one place!
Those looking for easy and relaxing hikes can stop by Silly Mountain trail! You'll find beautiful views at the top, and see some saguaro cacti and other native plants along the way.
Located at the start of the Superstition Mountains, this park is named after the legend of the Lost Dutchman's gold. The park highlights the area's beauty and native wildlife. Experience the park by hiking or camping.
Every Presidents’ Day weekend, runners gather in Apache Junction for various races. No matter where you are in your running experience, you can take part in this incredible experience!
The Broadway cave hike features a trail with beautiful scenery and a small but mighty cave at the end with picturesque views. Outdoorsy folks, you won’t want to miss this!
Can’t get enough of rodeos? You’re in luck! The Apache Junction rodeo grounds features various rodeos throughout the year such as the famous Lost Dutchman Days rodeo.
Experienced hikers, this one's for you! Those looking for a little bit of a challenge can enjoy scenery and a good workout on this trail.
Want to take adventure to the next level? Oceanside Motorsports offers various RZR rentals and Jet Skis that can be delivered to the lake.
Enjoy a relaxing day in the park. Enjoy the views, have a picnic or play a game of volleyball, basketball, and more!
The place boasts millions of acres of desert, mountains, canyons, lakes, and unlimited recreational experiences throughout the year. If you’re looking for camping, fishing, boating, hunting, or a beautiful scenic drive, look no further!
Described as a jewel in the desert, Apache Greyhound Park offers visitors the opportunity to bet on thoroughbred and greyhound racing all day!
Local Lodging (Recommended up to 2)
Apache Junction offers plenty of lodging options. You can camp under the stars, park your RV in a resort, or kick back in a cozy motel. You’re guaranteed to have a relaxing night of sleep after a full day of adventures!
This motel prides itself on being located in the heart of Apache Junction and in the perfect location for all the nearby amenities!
Is a cabin more your vibe? Stay in a cabin at Lost Dutchman State park and catch scenic views of the Superstition Mountains. This is the perfect getaway from city life!
As Apache Junction’s newest RV resort, this modern stay offers paved streets, laundry facilities, a dog park, and even a pickleball court!
Whether you need a cozy cabin, need a space to park your RV, or want to camp in a tent, KOA Journey can accommodate you during your AJ adventure!