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The Superstition Mountains
and the Landscape of Central Arizona

"There are mountains which are just mountains and
there are mountains with personality."  --- Lama Anagarika Govinda

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   Rising just to the east of the Phoenix metropolitan area is one of the most spectacular ranges in central Arizona, or in the United States, for that matter -- the Superstition Mountains.
 
   A wilderness of rugged, surrealistic beauty, these cactus-strewn mountains are inhospitable and desolate, as well as the setting for one of the American West's lingering and most endearing legends -- that of the Lost Dutchman's Gold.
 
   But there is more in this region than just the Superstitions.  The jagged skyline of Four Peaks in the Mazatzal Mountains produces some of the finest Amethyst in the world.
 
   The string of lakes in the golden chasm of the Salt River Gorge offers cooling views of deep blue waters.
 
  And the Apache Trail is one of the Phoenix area's most scenic day-drives.  On the way back to town, you can take in the giant copper mines of the Globe and Miami region.
 
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   There are currently 30 different views, woven together into a virtual tour of the Superstition Mountains area.   More new pictures are being added all the time.
 
   The derivation of the name "Superstition" is uncertain.  One version has it originating with the Spanish explorer Francisco Vasquez de Coronado in the Sixteenth Century.
 
   The Apache Indians in the area had warned him about disturbing the abode of the spirits, and indeed, many have died in their attempts to find rumored riches within the craggy canyons there.

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<<  Explore the Valley of the Sun Map, just to the west.

Yellow areas are valleys in the Superstition and Mazatzal Mountains.
The Superstition Mountains and Mazatzal Mountains of Central Arizona.
Click this image for Apache Junction, Arizona weather conditions.

   The area shown above measures about 50 miles (80 km) West
to East, by 40 miles (64km) North to South, and encompasses approximately 2000 square miles (5200 km).

   <<  Explore the Valley of the Sun Map, just to the west.

 
This map and all contents (C) 2014 by Richard Allen.  All rights reserved.

   Looking east (current image, usually updated every 15 minutes), from the Mesa area. The Superstition Mountains are the highest ones, just right of center. To their left, and slightly closer, are the Goldfield Mountains.
   View courtesy of Arizona Department of Environmental Quality, at Phoenix Visibility Web Cameras.

 
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