19723
Arizona

Superstition Mountains: Hiking Arizona’s Sonoran Desert

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.
Rating (4.82)
Program No. 19723RJ
Length
7 days
Starts at
1,199

At a Glance

With cacti and canyons peppering the landscape, and rugged trails stamped with dusty footprints, the Superstition Mountains are just as interesting as the mysteries that surround them. As legend has it, during the gold rush, German immigrant Jacob Waltz found a wealth of gold in the area. To this day, many have tried to find his hidden mine, but its whereabouts still remain unknown. Alongside experts, traverse desert paths to find the true treasures of the Superstition Wilderness Area – its fascinating geology and human history. Though you may not stumble across Waltz’s wealth, you’re sure to discover a goldmine of natural wonders in southwest Arizona.
Activity Level
Outdoor: Challenging
For seasoned hikers! Hike 6-10 miles daily on varied, sometimes unstable rubble/rocky terrain; both established trails and “off trail” routes; rock scrambling and high steps on all trails. Elevation changes up to 1,500 feet on hikes. 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 exploring the unique and diverse ecosystems that exist within the Sonoran Desert and Superstition Wilderness areas.
  • Discover the geology, desert ecology and human history of the area alongside local experts.
  • Cap your week with a one way cross-country trek through streamside riparian vegetation and the upland desert’s famous Cholla and Saguaro cacti “forests”.

General Notes

Due to the nature of this program, listening devices are not available.
Featured Expert
All Experts
Profile Image
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.

Please note: This expert may not be available for every date of this program.

Profile Image
Mike Masek
View biography
<%= Bio %>
Profile Image
Mike Young
View biography
<%= Bio %>
Profile Image
Jeff Strang
View biography
<%= Bio %>
Profile Image
Phil Rakoci
View biography
<%= Bio %>
Suggested Reading List
View 5 books





Click here to provide website feedback
Website Feedback