Lost Dutchman State Park - Apache Junction, Arizona - Wildflower Hotspot!

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Real Estate Broker/Owner with Teri Ellis at Homes Arizona Real Estate LLC

I was reading the newspaper this morning, and on the "front" page, there was an aricle with bright yellow poppies displayed in the very center of the page. Because of our rain this winter season, we have wildflowers everywhere. On the side of the freeways, in the foothills, and yes, at Lost Dutchman State Park. The paper warned that if we want to see these wildflowers, we had better do it earlier rather than later this weekend because of a low-pressure system coming our way today and Saturday. We decided to go for it. We were among many along the slopes of beautiful desert plants, the beautiful mountain, flowers with a breeze cooling us off as we climbed.

Mexican Gold PoppyMexican Gold PoppyDid you know? At least in Arizona, picking the wildflowers is illegal!!!

The Mexican Gold Poppy -- shown on the left side here is an annual that blooms from mid February through May and has a beautiful orange, four petal, cup-like flower. Abundant winter rains trigger large area blooms, turning desert landscapes into "fields of gold."

The poppies only are "awake" during full sunlight. As we enterted the Lost Dutchman State Park, we could see the yellow patches on the southwest slope of the Superstition mountain. We took the trail which was approximately .5 mile from where we parked our car and headed out.

 

Wildflowers at the base of Superstition Mountain

See those patches of yellow waaaaaaaaay up there and that trail waaaay up there? We took the Jacob's Crosscut Trail which runs about .8 miles along the base of Superstition Mountain - rated easy. It was worth every step. I've shared a few of the photos of our hike as well as some history of the area. 

Lost Dutchman Trail

 

The Lost Dutchman Gold Mine (also known by many similar names) is reportedly a very rich gold mine hidden in the Superstition Mountains, near Apache Junction, Arizona, east of Phoenix, Arizona in the United States. The land is a designated Wilderness Area, and mining is now prohibited there.

The mine is named after German immigrant Jacob Waltz ("Dutchman" was a common, though inaccurate, American slang term for "German," derived from the German-language word for "German" -- "Deutsch"). It is perhaps the most famous lost mine in American history: Arizona place-name expert Byrd Granger notes that, as of 1977, the Lost Dutchman story was printed or cited at least six times more often than two other fairly well-known tales, the story of Captain Kidd's lost treasure, and the story of the Lost Pegleg Mine in California. Robert Blair notes that people have been seeking the Lost Dutchman mine since at least 1892 (Blair, 12), while Granger writes that according to one estimate, 8,000 people annually made some effort to locate the Lost Dutchman's mine. (Granger, 99). Former Arizona attorney general Bob Corbin is among those who have looked for the mine. Others have argued the mine has little or no basis in fact and is a legend, though as noted below, Blair argues that all the main components of the story have at least some basis in fact.

 Wildflowers at base of Superstition MountainAccording to many versions of the tale, the mine is either cursed, or protected by enigmatic guardians who wish to keep the mine's location a secret.

This view is from the top area looking back down. Aren't the Saguaro cacti stunning? The are scattered everywhere throughout the area.

 

Superstition Mountain foothills

 

Now, I'll show you some of my special flower photos!

Mexican Gold Poppy

 

Mexican Gold PoppyI enjoy seeing our beautiful landscape that is magical to the eye. We sat on a bench and just listened to the peace and the quiet up on the hillside. It quiets the soul and helps us realize how very tiny we are in this large, large world. It also helps us get out of ourselves and see and appreciate what is out there for us to enjoy.

If you have an opportunity to drive out to the Lost Dutchman State Park and take a small hike, you will be glad you did!

Just 15 minutes from East Mesa on the outside edge of Apache Junction. A delightful day spending time with nature and with my husband!

 

Pepper

Mesa, Arizona Real Estate. Call me at: 480.216-3334 for information on purchasing or selling a home in Mesa, Arizona or surrounding towns. OR email me: Teri@TeriEllis.com. Feel free to visit one of my websites: HomesAzRE.com, MoveToMesaAz.com or MoveToSunnyAz.com. Or stop by my blogs at: MesaAzRealEstateVoice; or Phoenix Valley Real Estate Blog

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Teri, your comment about not picking the flowers reminded me of when I was a kid in Ca.  I can remember my friends always saying it was illegal to pick the Ca. poppies.  I really never did find out if that statement was true or not.  By the way, you did present some very beautiful views of Az.  AJ
Mar 15, 2008 12:08 AM #1
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Teri~What beautiful photos! I have to say that the localism posts today have really been full of the beautiful spring colors. You have really provided fantastic information here and how valuable that is to know that picking wildflowers in AZ is illegal. Have a great weekend. 
Mar 15, 2008 12:25 AM #2
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Teri Ellis at Homes Arizona Real Estate LLC - Mesa, AZ

AJ, picking the poppy in California is illegal 'cause it's the state flower as I recall. I am glad you enjoyed the photos. I will be sharing more.

Julie, I'll have to check out the Localism posts you mention. I've been out taking photos. When you enter the state park, they give you a flyer telling you about the flowers/plants, etc. AND not to pick the wildflowers. Actually said to save them for your grandchildren. I thought that was very cool. Thanks, you have a great one as well.

Pepper

Mar 15, 2008 12:46 AM #3
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Hi Teri,
Your photos are incredible and you are a wealth of information....you really make me want to visit your beautiful state. 
Mar 15, 2008 08:03 AM #4
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Cynthia, come on over! ;-)  I'll show you around!! Promise! Thanks. ;-)

Pepper

Mar 15, 2008 11:18 AM #5
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Teri Eckholm
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Teri--Beautiful photos and scenery as usually. I have only heard of one flower in MN that is illegal to pick, the Showy Lady Slipper as it is the state flower. I always wondered as a kid who would show up and arrest you if you picked one in the park and was afraid to even touch them.

Mar 15, 2008 05:29 PM #6
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Teri, that is funny! As a child, we really take things literally don't we? Remember those famous tags on pillows and on chairs - under penalty of??? do not remove? It took me YEARS to think that was okay. ;-)

Your state flower is beautiful. Doubt if it would thrive in our desert climate! ;-)

Pepper

 

Mar 15, 2008 06:54 PM #7
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Marlene Scheffer
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Teri, see how uneducated I am?  I call all these 'yellow poppies'  "California Poppies" and then think I sound smart, LOL!
Mar 15, 2008 10:26 PM #8
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Marlene, I only know the name of the poppies 'cause I looked the name up! ;-)

Pepper

Mar 15, 2008 11:39 PM #9
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Teri- I love poppy flowers. They have those in California too. They were illegal to pick there too. My mother loved them and would take us to see them in the hills and mountains. You took gorgeous photos of them! 
Mar 16, 2008 12:40 AM #10
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Katerina, I'm a photo nut. I really want a telescope lens so I can really get up close and personal. Yup, they are illegal to pick in California since they are the state flower. Thanks for the compliment. I think we get a real appreciation when were taking photos of what we see. ;-)

Pepper

Mar 16, 2008 12:43 AM #11
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Leslie Bloss, Bellevue Real Estate Professional
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Hi Teri,

Maybe you should mention that not only is it illegal to pick the flowers--it is illegal to dig up an cactus.  Nice Post.  I have property by Meadview, Arizona--it is in the middle of a Joshua Tree Forest

Mar 17, 2008 09:31 PM #12
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Teri Ellis at Homes Arizona Real Estate LLC - Mesa, AZ

Leslie, yep, you're right.  The saguaro blossom is Arizona's state flower. Meadview? It must be overlooking Lake Mead! I've driven through the Joshua Tree Forest, and there are other areas where there are lots of Joshua Trees, one of which is near Joshua Tree, California. Have you been there? Do you live in Meadville part of the year, or???

Thanks for visiting.

Happy St. Patrick's Day

 

Mar 17, 2008 11:08 PM #13
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No I don't live there at all--it is a rental property.  I hope some day to be a snow bird and spend some of the winter season there.
Mar 18, 2008 04:16 PM #14
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Mary Mactavish

Picking all wildflowers is illegal on state property in California, picking poppies is fine with permission on private property, but they don't last at all, they wilt and the petals fall off quickly -- not much use.

May 31, 2008 01:10 AM #15
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Mary, thanks for the info. Wasn't sure but thought that was the case.

May 31, 2008 11:01 PM #16
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