Lost Dutchman State Park, named after the Lost Dutchman’s Gold Mine, is just 41 miles (66 km) east of Phoenix, Arizona. Please note that while this is not a designated stargazing area, the park is a suitable stargazing area and is open to the public year-round. The EarthSky reader who recommended this entry says “Take a stroll along the Native Plant Trail or hike the challenging Siphon Draw Trail to the top of the Flatiron. Depending on the year’s rainfall, you might be treated to a carpet of desert wildflowers in the spring. Enjoy a weekend of camping and experience native wildlife including mule deer, coyote, javelina and jackrabbit. A four mile mountain bike loop trail has opened at the park – this is a great way to enjoy the park’s beauty!” For more information, please visit online or call Main Information at 602-542-4174.
Chelynne Campion is a Production/ Sales Assistant for EarthSky. Her family just purchased a telescope, and she's now learning to be a stargazer!