Desert Scorpion Hunting Lessons at Lost Dutchman State Park



At Lost Dutchman State Park, 6109 N. Apache Trail in Apache Junction, there are spooky things crawling in the dark.

Scorpions make their way to every nook and cranny of the desert and after dark, you can light up their fluorescent shapes while hiking with a ranger from July through September, according to a statement.

Desert scorpion hunting lessons are held at 7:30 p.m. on Saturday July 17 and August 14 and at 7:30 p.m. on Saturday September 11.

Learn more about these stinging invertebrates, then watch them as they scurry across the desert floor under the cover of darkness.

Wear closed-toe shoes and bring plenty of water and a black light. You can also purchase a light for $ 9 at the event. No animals please.

Entrance to the park is $ 7 per vehicle for one to four adults. People on bicycles cost $ 3. The cost increases to $ 10 per vehicle Friday through Sunday and statutory holidays October through May.

Check out other fun events happening at Lost Dutchman State Park this summer at AZStateParks.com.

They include:

  • Saguaro Saunter, 6:30 a.m. July 17, August 7 and September 11: Join Ranger Jody for a quick guided tour of the day use area, giving you the opportunity to learn about the lived experience of the saguaro. Meet at the Palo Verde day use area.
  • Sunset Walk, 7:15 p.m., July 24: Nothing beats an Arizona sunset that drapes gracefully over the Superstition Mountains, with sweeping views of the Four Peaks and Goldfield Mountains. This easy 1 mile guided ranger hike focuses on aesthetics while providing opportunities to interpret what you see on the trail. Watch for active creatures at sunset and for clues they let us find. Meet at the Saguaro day use area.
  • Power Hour, 8 a.m. July 25, August 8-22, September 12-26: This informal in-person presentation invites you to empower yourself and your community, for knowledge is power. Join a ranger as we enlighten you with special guests and topics of interest. Feel free to bring your own drinks, snacks, and questions about the area to get real answers from the rangers. Meet at the Palo Verde day use area.
  • Moonlit Sunset Hike at 6:45 p.m. on August 21 and 6:30 p.m. on September 19: Nothing beats an Arizona sunset gracefully draping itself over the Superstition Mountains, with unobstructed views on the Four Peaks and Goldfield mountains. While making a nice transition to the full moon, you’ll enjoy the best of both worlds. This easy 1.25 mile guided ranger hike focuses on aesthetics while providing opportunities to interpret what you see on the trail. Be on the lookout for active twilight critters and any clues they let us find. Meet at the Saguaro day use area.
  • Family Campout, December 11-12: Family Campout weekends in Arizona are designed for families with little or no camping experience. We’ll show you the great experiences you can share with your family and inspire you to keep exploring the great outdoors. You’ll learn how to pitch a tent and an introduction to cooking outdoors, and you can try out some fun activities you can do while camping. Registration is $ 90 for a family of up to four people. Additional family members $ 5 each. One family per registration. For families of more than four, special arrangements are needed – email [email protected] Children 5 and under and pets cannot participate in this program. Since this event focuses on learning about tent camp, RVs are not allowed. Register at azstateparks.com/family-camp.



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