Sits on the edge of the Phoenix metropolitan area with more than ten thriving neighboring communities.
A gorgeous rural area with outdoor adventures and scenic views of mountains and deserts.
Apache Junction is a community in the Maricopa and Pinal counties of Arizona, incorporated in 1978. Named after the intersection of the Apache Trail and the Old West Highway, Apache Junction was formerly known as Youngberg Junction. It sits on the edge of the Phoenix metropolitan area with more than ten thriving neighboring communities. Apache Junction is most notable for the iconic Superstition Mountain, the westernmost peak of the Superstition Mountains, and home to the suspected site of the Lost Dutchman’s Mine.
Apache Junction is accessible by U.S. 60 and the Superstition highway and is less than one hour from Phoenix. It is also near active mining towns, like Miami, Kearny, and Superior. Apache Junction has a vibrant history filled with Native American culture, Spanish conquistadors, and long-standing superstitions about the Lost Dutchman’s gold mine.
Apache Junction really is a gold mine, offering unique lifestyles fit for every desire. The community has a rural western vibe in some areas and yet a more urban residential vibe in others. Residents thrive on various opportunities for adventure and relaxed shopping and dining experiences.
Locals thrive on the fun that Apache Junction offers, including shopping, dining, and entertainment. Apache Junction is known for several stand-out eateries like Dirtwater Springs. If the name doesn’t draw you in, the menu will. It is a rustic restaurant and bar with plank floors, brass bar fixtures, and antique décor that serves gourmet burgers, traditional bar food, and other delicious home cooking.
Mother Lode Mercantile is another local hotspot with three saloons, a boarding house, brewery, blacksmith, butcher shop, and general store where individuals can purchase world-famous, fresh-made fudge. The Mercantile is in the Goldfield Ghost Town by the Superstition Mountains. Los Gringos Locos is a local grill and cantina with traditional Mexican cuisine and earned the title as a community favorite.
Apache Junction is a fun and bustling community providing many opportunities for adventure and activity. The Lost Dutchman Days Rodeo is a four-day annual event hosted by the Apache Junction Chamber of Commerce with steer wrestling, breakaway roping, barrel racing, bull riding, and more. The community also hosts annual events, like the Renaissance festival, Lost Veterans Days, and the Cactus to Pine Run.
The Superstition Mountains are a pillar of the community and provide popular trails like Weavers Needle, Peralta Canyon, and most notably, the Lost Dutchman’s Gold Mine. Along the Apache Trail, you can also tour the Goldfield Ghost Town, ride on a railroad, have a mock gunfight, visit the Superstition Mountain Museum, or ride the Superstition Zipline.
Usery Mountain Regional Park is another scenic spot with more than 3,500 acres with camping, archery, wind caves, and more. While Apache Junction may be known as a desert playground, there are also some water activities. Salt River Tubing is a tubing rental company with different tubing paths and shuttles to return.
Apache Junction Unified School District is the public school district serving Apache Junction. The district has high school graduation rates above the state average. Its mission is to help students attain college and career readiness and partners with the East Valley Institute of Technology for career and technical training classes.
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