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A golden sunset graces the view toward the Superstition Mountains. The Superstitions hoard their secrets in puzzle boxes of lava and thorn — even a fruitless search for gold yields unexpected treasures. Most people associate the Superstitions with the mysterious, semi-mythological Jacob Waltz — the “Lost Dutchman,” who supposedly discovered gold in the area.

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Cottonwoods along the East Verde stand naked and forlorn.The fish hatchery is shuttered and silent. Winter is closing in on the high country. So it must be time to look for legends and gold, down south in the jagged wilderness of the Superstitions.


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