Hiking Arizona's Sonoran Desert: Exploring the Superstition Mountains
Hike two icons of the Southwest, the Sonoran Desert and Superstition Mountains, where you’ll join local experts to learn the region’s human, natural and geological story.
Program No. 19723RJ
7 days
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At a Glance

Experience spectacular desert hiking during five days of exploration amid some of the most beautiful country in the Southwest. Trek through the south, north, and eastern sides of the Superstition Mountains while you make your way through the rugged, cactus-laden landscapes of the Superstition Wilderness, home of the legendary Lost Dutchman Mine and the mysterious Weaver’s Needle.
Activity Level
Outdoor: Challenging
Hiking 5-10 miles on varied terrain, some rock scrambling, at elevation changes up to 1,200 feet. Elevations of 3,500-5,000 feet.
Small Group
Small Group
Love to learn and explore in a small-group setting? These adventures offer small, personal experiences with groups of 10 to 24 participants.

Best of all, you'll ...

  • Spend five days hiking with experts in the Sonoran Desert’s Superstition Wilderness.
  • Explore the geology, desert ecology and human history of the area as you cover its unique and varied terrain.
  • Journey to the shores of Apache Lake and its resort on the north side where you spend two more days hiking in the Salt River Canyon.

General Notes

Due to the nature of this program, listening devices are not available.
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Mike Masek
Mike Masek is a wilderness skills instructor, herbalist and ethnobotanist living in Flagstaff, Ariz. In addition to his current work with Road Scholar, he is adjunct faculty at Northern Arizona University where he teaches traditional uses of native plants and outdoor survival skills. He also teaches programs at the National Parks and Coconino Community College. He has spent a lifetime exploring the canyons and deserts of the American Southwest and loves to share these treasures with others.
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Mike Masek
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