The 10 Best Things to Do in Gold Canyon, United States

February 18, 2018 Concepcion Newsome

Gold Canyon is a census-designated place (CDP) in Pinal County, Arizona, United States. The population was 10,159 at the 2010 census. The community is sometimes incorrectly called Gold Camp.
Restaurants in Gold Canyon

1. Barleens Dinner Show

2275 E Old West Hwy, Apache Junction, AZ 85119-7846 +1 480-982-7991
Excellent
79%
Good
16%
Satisfactory
3%
Poor
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Overall Ratings

4.5 based on 591 reviews

Barleens Dinner Show

Versatile musicians, hilarious comedians, and top-notch variety entertainers team up for matinee and evening performances complete with a tasty meal like Grandma used to make! Everything from rock and roll to big band; country to classical-there's something the whole family will enjoy!

Reviewed By Mary W - Gold Canyon, Arizona

Just returned home from an evening at Barleens Dinner Show. The food was delicious,
the service excellent, and the musicians/singers are multi-talented. It was "Season's Best 2017-2018, and they definitely delivered on this title.

A wonderful entertaining evening so very enjoyable, and worth the money. Saturday will be the last show for the Season, but definitely worth seeing !!

2. Hieroglyphic Canyon Trail

Gold Canyon, AZ 85118 +1 480-610-3300
Excellent
66%
Good
30%
Satisfactory
4%
Poor
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4.5 based on 95 reviews

Hieroglyphic Canyon Trail

Reviewed By UPProud - Marenisco, Michigan

This trail started easy... gonna call that Level 1. From there to a Level 2, intermediate hike. Only did the first mile. Someone coming down said we were only halfway and the rest was steep... I'm thinking Level 3 lol. Going to try again to get to the top. Great hike for me. If you're in shape, it's probably a decent 2 mile uphill workout. Very pretty!

3. Gold Canyon Resort - Dinosaur Mountain Golf Course

6100 S Kings Ranch Rd, Gold Canyon, AZ 85118-4679 +1 480-982-9449
Excellent
75%
Good
19%
Satisfactory
3%
Poor
2%
Terrible
1%
Overall Ratings

4.5 based on 131 reviews

Gold Canyon Resort - Dinosaur Mountain Golf Course

Recently redesigned, this course is challenging, secluded, and surrounded by beautiful mountain scenery.

Reviewed By JadeLaz - Shelton, CT

The incredibly maintained condition of this course, along with the magnificent views that occur on both 9's, created one of the best golf experiences of our lives (and we travel for golf A LOT!). This course is a must-play for golf enthusiasts that travel in this area of Arizona. Well worth the trip from the Scottsdale area.

4. Apache Trail Tours

4650 N Mammoth Mine Rd, Apache Junction, AZ 85119-9465
Excellent
90%
Good
8%
Satisfactory
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Overall Ratings

5 based on 156 reviews

Apache Trail Tours

Guided tours in the historic Superstition Mountain wilderness and along the scenic Apache Trail. Providing 4x4 off-road desert and smooth scenic canyon tours for over 20 years!

Reviewed By mms411 - Dexter, Michigan

We purchased the tour on whim to kick off our Arizona vacation and what a kick off it was. Buffalo Gal was full of desert knowledge and was one heck of a jeep driver. she even pulled over at one point, we got out and...MoreThanks for choosing Apache Trail Tours for your vaca kick off!

5. Lost Dutchman State Park

6109N E Apache Trl, 5 miles Northeast of Apache Junction off State Route 88, Apache Junction, AZ 85119-8656 +1 480-982-4485
Excellent
71%
Good
26%
Satisfactory
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Poor
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Overall Ratings

4.5 based on 475 reviews

Lost Dutchman State Park

Named after the fabled lost gold mine, Lost Dutchman State Park is located in the Sonoran Desert, 40 miles east of Phoenix. Several trails lead from the park into the Superstition Wilderness and surrounding Tonto National Forest. Take a stroll along the Native Plant Trail or hike the challenging Siphon Draw Trail to the top of the Flatiron. Depending on the year's rainfall, you might be treated to a carpet of desert wildflowers in the spring. Enjoy a weekend of camping and experience native wildlife including mule deer, coyote, javelina and jackrabbit. New for 2014! A four mile Mountain Bike Loop Trail has opened at the park -- this is a great way to enjoy the park's beauty! The park offers a variety of hiking trails, nature trails, picnic facilities, 134 campsites, a dump station, restrooms, showers, and group use areas. The visitor center sells maps and other publications. Before you hike, be prepared with enough water and proper footwear as the trails are steep and challenging.

Reviewed By schrammck - el paso

We did a short, leisurely walk. We hadn't planned on doing a hike. We just wanted to drive out there. It was absolutely stunning, but it was totally ruined by VERY RUDE PEOPLE not cleaning up after their dogs!! Some would pick up, but then leave the bags behind! We must have seen at least 10 piles. We were so very disappointed. Here we are in God's country & people have to ruin it for everyone else. I'm a huge dog lover, but I always pick up after my dog.

6. Peralta Canyon

Peralta Rd, Gold Canyon, AZ
Excellent
93%
Good
7%
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5 based on 40 reviews

Peralta Canyon

Reviewed By Munichchick - Lake Elsinore, California

This was our first visit to the Superstition Mountain Wilderness. We only had about 3 hrs for a hike since we were traveling to another part of Arizona as well on this trip. We only went to the Saddle of Peralta Trail and I think the Trail went on another 1 mile after that. But it was a really good first impression of the Superstition Mountains. Our Dog also enjoyed the Hike. Bring enough water to cool down your dogs since it was already fairly hot at 10:00 AM in April. We will be back for more hiking and exploring!

7. Tortilla Flat, Az.

1 Main Street, Tortilla Flat, AZ 85190 +1 480-984-1776
Excellent
32%
Good
47%
Satisfactory
15%
Poor
5%
Terrible
1%
Overall Ratings

4 based on 93 reviews

Tortilla Flat, Az.

Reviewed By Bob S - Lake Wales, Florida

Driving down Route 88 - we came across the small town of Tortilla Flats - western style made of a little history - general Store - saloon - gift store ! Love the ice cream - sorbet in the general store - worth a stop if in the area !

8. OK Corral

5470 E Apache Trl, Apache Junction, AZ 85119-8654 +1 480-982-4040
Excellent
89%
Good
9%
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5 based on 123 reviews

OK Corral

Saddle up for an incredible horseback ride with Superstition's O.K. Corral Stables! Venture out with our guides and horses into one of the most iconic mountainous regions of the Southwest. The history, diversity and beauty of the Superstition and Goldfield Mountains are second to none! Choose from Hourly rides up to All Day.

Reviewed By Deb H - Westville indiana

I am an experienced horse rider and went on the most amazing experience. I cannot say enough good things. Josh was our guide for an all day ride and he was very knowledgeable regarding the mountains and the folklore. He has written a book and has been in the area for numerous years. He also paired the horses up with the experience of the rider. Took his time riding and talking to us. The lunch that they packed for the all day ride was great too. I would highly recommend this riding stable to anyone. Don't miss this if you are a horse person or want to know more about the area mountains.

9. Don Donnelly's D-Spur Ranch and Stables

2.2 miles off Peralta Road, Gold Canyon, AZ 85118
Excellent
92%
Good
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5 based on 23 reviews

Don Donnelly's D-Spur Ranch and Stables

Located in the foothills of the legendary Superstition Mountain on 5,8000 acres of pristine sonoran desert in Gold Canyon, Arizona. Providing horseback trail rides, hay wagon rides, cookouts, campsites & boarding. On your adventures through the sonoran desert you may see the beautiful and exciting local wildlife such as: coyotes, javelina, mule dear and longhorn cattle (as this is a working longhorn cattle ranch).

Reviewed By SuzanneandRick_10 - Guangzhou, China

What better way to see the desert than on the back of a horse. This ranch offers views of the back of the Superstition Mountains. The horses are sure footed and gentle. They are well trained for even a novice (Just remember to hold on with your legs and DON"T let your horse eat if you want a fun time). The guides are informative and helpful. They have mounting blocks to make getting on and off easy. They offer one or two hour rides. They are closed on Sundays.

10. Gold Canyon Resort - Sidewinder Golf Course

6100 S Kings Ranch Rd, Gold Canyon, AZ 85118-4679 +1 480-982-9090
Excellent
62%
Good
32%
Satisfactory
3%
Poor
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Overall Ratings

4.5 based on 28 reviews

Gold Canyon Resort - Sidewinder Golf Course

This 18-hole championship course features dramatic bunkers, water features, gently rolling fairways and a scenic layout that runs through the land's natural arroyos and dry creek beds.

Reviewed By Alan R - Chattanooga, Tennessee

Very nice desert course, good layout decent conditions. However the service and amenities leave something to be desired, no water on course saw the cart 1X for 18 holes. Carts are in rough shape at least the one we drove poor steering etc and dirty.

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