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Gold Canyon

Explore the home of the legendary Lost Dutchman’s gold mine, major golf tournaments, the Arizona Renaissance Festival, and familiar scenes from western movies – all just a short drive from Phoenix.

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There’s nothing like taking a bite out of an enormous turkey leg while strolling amid costumed revelers at the Arizona Renaissance Festival. Enjoy the annual festival as well as golf, hiking, and other outdoor recreation in Gold Canyon.

Gold Canyon, an unincorporated community about 45 minutes east of Phoenix, is known for its stunning views of the Superstition Mountains – legendary home of the Lost Dutchman’s Gold Mine – and sprawling desert golf courses.

The desert area in and around Gold Canyon boasts abundant wildlife such as Gambel’s quail, roadrunners, cactus wrens, coyotes, javalina, and jackrabbits. Gold Canyon is close enough to enjoy big-city amenities, but far enough away for stargazing and convenient outdoor recreation. Rogers Canyon Trail is a popular hike in the area. The moderate nine-mile round-trip trek leads to Salado cave dwelling ruins. You’ll need a high-clearance vehicle to reach the trailhead, but the effort is worth it.

Here’s a fun fact: The landscapes shown in the beginning of the 1986 film ¡Three Amigos! are from Gold Canyon, not Mexico. The mountain shown is part of the Superstition Mountains, viewed from Gold Canyon.

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Apache Junction Chamber of Commerce | 567 W. Apache Trail | Apache Junction, AZ | (480) 982-3141 |

County It all started How High? Head Count
Pinal 1800 1,982ft 10,159

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