SUPERSTITION WILDERNESS IN GILA COUNTY, ARIZONA
This Superstition Wilderness was designated in 1939, and was expanded to its present size in 1984. It now contains approximately 160,200 acres. There is a well-developed trail system, and the western end of the wilderness receives heavy use during the cooler times of the year. Trail conditions vary from fair to very poor. Several trails are unsuitable for horses.
The area is starkly beautiful and often rugged, but can be inhospitable to those not equipped to meet nature on her own terms. Searing heat and a shortage of water are typical conditions in the summer. Bitter cold, rains (and even snowstorms) may occur in the winter.
Rumors still abound concerning lost gold mines, "secret maps," visits from extra terrestrials and other stories that make this part of Arizona a mystical almost magical place. But even though it is beautiful and rugged to not forget this is one of the most unforgiving and WILD places in Arizona.