The visitor center/gift shop and group camping areas are closed.

Masks are required when visiting the park. Please also wear a mask while recreating outside if social distancing cannot be maintained.

Until further notice: Day-use parking is limited and no visitors in the campground. Weddings and day-use groups are limited to 25 people or less, must practice social distancing, and register ahead of time with park staff. The dump station and showers are closed to anyone not camping at the park.

Geocache

What is geocaching? 

Geocaching is an outdoor activity using an app with GPS coordinates to discover oddities and unique locations all over, and now it’s available in one of your favorite state parks! Just read the directions below, head out to the park, and discover something awesome!

Lost Dutchman State Park’s geocaching program allows you to enjoy a hiking tour through the park using your GPS unit or compass app on your smartphone, with opportunities along the way to learn interesting stories about the park and understand what you are observing in the natural landscape. We recommend you have your 10 hiking essentials, plenty of water, and sturdy shoes!

Earthcaching at Lost Dutchman

What is Earthcaching?

Earthcaching is a low impact answer to a rising interest in geocaching type activities in the parks, and such a rewarding way to enjoy a day on the trails! You've heard the saying "Take only pictures, leave only footprints" right? Well, the same concept applies to earthcaching in the park. This program allows you to enjoy a hiking tour through the park using your GPS unit or compass app on your smartphone, with opportunities along the way to learn interesting stories about the park and understand what you are observing in the natural landscape. 

Here's how to do it...

Step 1. Download the park earthcaching packet.

Step 2. Choose GPS/mapping app like What3Words, OnX Maps, or even the mapping app on your phone (see below).

Step 3. Explore and enjoy...It's that easy!  

There are three different hiking ability levels for you to choose from: easy, moderate, and difficult. As you visit each location in the park, take in the beauty and leave with memories of an amazing experience. Traditionally cache adventures include taking and leaving an item, but in this case, you’ll leave a digital footprint so as not to disturb the land. Snap a photo of the cache and share it on Instagram by tagging @lostdutchmanstatepark and @AZStateParks and adding the hashtag #LDSPEarthcache!

Be aware that you may not have cell service in all areas of the park! A mapping app like those listed above that work in airplane mode will work best!

Check out hiking safety tips before you go, remember to recreate responsibly, and have fun!