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Just minutes from Phoenix, Apache Junction is the gateway to incredible outdoor adventure, Lost Dutchman State Park, and Tonto National Forest. Our area is known for hosting big festivals, like Lost Dutchman Days, the Lost Dutchman Marathon, the Arizona Renaissance Festival, Apacheland Heritage Days, and our spectacular 4th of July fireworks. And every day, we’re …

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With all of the hiking, biking, camping, swimming, boating, sightseeing, off-roading, and many “ING”s one can do in the Apache Junction area, there is another activity that I don’t mind doing, shopping. I will admit it when it is a little too hot to safely go for a hike, I want to fill my off …

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  • July 17, 2023
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The Superstition Mountain Museum, located on the historic Apache Trail (State Route 88), helps tell a story that transcends modern-day Phoenix East Valley and brings museumgoers to a whole series of different people and cultures, from the Hohokam Native Americans to Elvis. A variety of stories are blended together on the museum’s 15-acre property, in …

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  • June 22, 2023
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On this latest Adventure of Backpack Pat, we will go on a small journey that is the perfect day trip on the Apache Trail for folks in the Phoenix metro area. Tortilla Flat is not a far hike from Apache Junction and is a place that can truly be a claim of “where it all …

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  • April 26, 2023
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Goldfield Ghost Town is a popular destination for families and travelers, and Backpack Pat is here to guide you through the perfect, fun-filled adventure! From parking tips, favorite attractions, and historical fun facts, Backpack Pat is your tour guide to all things in and around Apache Junction. Ever have a desire to experience the true …

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  • March 27, 2023
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Backpack Pat here – exploring local places to eat! Even though I am nicknamed Backpack Pat, I don’t take my backpack with me everywhere. Shocking, I know! In fact, I probably have my work bag with me more than my backpack. But there is umph behind the name, this backpack has been on countless trips …

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  • February 8, 2023
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Hi Everyone, Backpack Pat here. Welcome to my first travel blog, where we explore hiking Silly Mountain! It’s a new year, a new month, and a new opportunity for local adventure. I will be your local tour guide to help explore the Apache Junction area and the local legends surrounding us over the coming months …

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  • January 31, 2023
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  • Adventure , Lifestyle , Outdoor
  • Comments Off on Silly Mountain Hiking Trail: Backpack Pat’s Adventures

For most people, a western adventure experience wouldn’t be complete without a chance to explore the destination from the best vantage point available…atop a saddle! A sauntering stroll along a desert trail, trotting through a shallow wash after a recent monsoon rainfall, or ascending gently up a mountainside (without even breaking a sweat) is an …

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  • May 20, 2022
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