Superstition Wilderness Area, Arizona
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Superstition Wilderness Area, located east of Phoenix, is revered by gold diggers, hikers and horseback riders. Whether your family outing in this section of the Tonto National Forest takes you on a search for the Lost Dutchman Gold Mine, Hohokam rock art or stunning desert landscapes, the well-developed trail system covering roughly 160,000 acres (64,750 hectares) ensures something for everyone. Yet this starkly beautiful and often rugged wilderness area can be inhospitable to those unprepared. Select a trail that matches the ability of the least skilled member of your group and plan your outing with the weather in mind.
History & Culture
A trip to the Superstition Wilderness Area in Arizona provides an opportunity for parents to introduce kids to the Ancestral Puebloans as well as the history of the gold rush. Find out more about the Hohokam, the area's earliest know inhabitants, as well as the Salado Culture, a mixture of Mogollon, Hohokam and Anasazi peoples and a distinctive culture from roughly 1150 A.D. Discover the legend of the Lost Dutchman Mine and develop your own stories about the Peralta family, Apache Indians and Jacob Waltz.
Online maps are a great travel planning resource and a great way to get the kids involved in a family vacation. Plot your route to the Superstition Wilderness Area and find your way when you arrive.
Books are a great way to introduce younger children to a new adventure and get teens and tweens ready for a family trip. Read about wilderness areas and discover great hikes with kids before you depart on a family vacation. Find age appropriate reading lists for budding archaeologists and learn more about the Salado and Hohokam as well as their Ancestral Puebloan cousins the Mollogon and Anasazi peoples.
Music & Sound
Music is a great way to introduce children to a local culture and embark on a journey through sound. Listen to Native American music from hip-hop to pow-wow to storytelling. Discover cowboy song online and gain insight to this Southwestern state.
Local newspapers provide insight to local culture in a way books can't do. Read Arizona newspapers online and brush up on Arizona current events from around the state. Get Arizona news and discover what Arizonans are reading. Find out what's happening in the Navajo and Hopi nations and what the Hispanic community is talking about.
Kids' Stuff
There are a variety of online resources that make preparing for a hiking trip fun. The hiking activity card will get you ready for the walk and introduce you to fun facts along the way. Did you know that America's National Parks have more that 12,000 miles of hiking trails? Map reading is about more than finding your home. These map reading activities will help you learn to read a compass and plot longitude and latitude. But don't stop there. Map games make finding the way an adventure. Fun experiments bring science to the trail. Do you know how a compass works?
Associations and non-profit organizations can be a valuable resource as well as means to get involved. Find out more about bird watching, Arizona's number one tourist activity, as well as the twenty-five national parks, monuments and recreational areas located throughout the state.
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