Superstition Mountain Museum is a fun place to swing by if you happen to be in the neighborhood, and by neighborhood, I mean Arizona. The place offers clean restrooms, a gift shop, and an indoor museum, but my favorite thing to do there is wander along the site’s picturesque outdoor trail.
The setting is pure Arizona nature-glam, making it ideal for posing group shots with Mount Superstition looming in the background and rugged desert cacti dotting the foreground. It’s also perfect for taking silly cactus pictures. You know the ones I mean: photos which make it look like you are leaning directly against a saguaro, or holding one in your hand.
With such classic desert landscape features, it is easy to see why so many westerns were filmed there at the now defunct Apacheland Movie Ranch. A barn along the outdoor trail features a photo gallery of actors (some obscure, some recognizable) who shot films there.
The museum recently added a Boot Hill section with some playfully worded tombstones, rather like an intentional version of stuff you would find at the Tomb Wrecks website, (see photo.) I’m not sure what else they have planned, but when I visited last month, workers were in the middle of creating a huge sundial/garden.
Superstition Mountain Museum is open daily from 9:00 a.m. – 4:00 p.m., except for Thanksgiving Day, Christmas Day and New Years Day, when they close. To see exactly where it is plug the following address into Google maps: 4087 N Apache Trail – Apache Junction, AZ 85219.
While it’s free to hike the outdoor trail, as of this writing the indoor museum charges $5 for adults, $4 for Seniors, and $2 for students 17 and over. Kids under 17 are free if accompanied by a paying adult. For more info, check out the Superstition Mountain Museum website.
Have you taken a road trip recently? If so, where did you go? What did you find along the way?