This Week at the Museum

This Week (4/21 to 04/28) at the Superstition Mountain Museum!

  • Every Day
    • 9:00 to 1:00 small train set running and railroad video showing in the barn
  • Sunday
    • AJ Cowboy Church – Fellowship 9:30, Service at 10:00
    • Will the Blacksmith  from 10:00 to 2:00
  • Saturday
    • Jon the Cowboy Blacksmith
  • Sunday
    • AJ Cowboy Church – Fellowship 9:30, Service at 10:00
    • Will the Blacksmith  from 10:00 to 2:00

Schedule is subject to change. Please call ahead to make sure who will be here.

Start your visit to the Museum in our Museum chock full of well-researched displays about the  history and culture of the Superstitions area.

Our Volunteers will gladly tell you stories about our exhibits, including the Apacheland exhibits.

Shop for unique gift items in our Museum Store. In addition to jewelry, pottery, and wood carvings by Native American artists, we boast one of the East Valley’ largest selections of books about the Superstitions area and its history and legends. Our pleasant and knowledgeable Museum Store volunteers will be more than happy to help you pick out that perfect gift or souvenir from your visit to the Museum. We are proud to be carrying the East Valley’s largest selection of books about the Superstition Mountains and the Lost Dutchman among the almost 800 titles we offer for sale in our gift shop.

Our hospitality greeters are on hand most days to answer your questions about the museum and the Apache Trail.

On the way to Chapel you will pass “JackAss Flats”, where Teton Ken brings his mules and goats on Saturdays and Sundays. With the warmer weather upon us, Teton will be leaving the mules and goats at home. Instead, beginning in a few weeks, he will be performing his magic show on Saturdays in the barn in front of the saloon.

In the Elvis Chapel you can view posters of many of the movies filmed at the old Apacheland Movie Ranch, or sit in the pews and watch a video presentation about the Superstition Mountains, the Lost Dutchman, or some of the many movies and TV shows filmed at Apacheland. Check out the larger than life statue of Elvis, and the special display of famous Country singer Patsy Montana’s footprints. Our Chapel docents can answer many of your questions about the Chapel and Apacheland.

Elvis Memorial Chapel at sunrise - (Photo by Jack Olson)

Saturday at the Museum - Ruth and Ray, and Elvis - in the Elvis Memorial Chapel (photo by Jack Olson)

Right across from the old town is our replica of a classic Wells Fargo stagecoach, great for photos of the kids you will treasure forever.

On Saturdays you can watch gunfights performed by The Superstition Mountain Regulators reenactment group. NOTE: The gunfighters have left for the season. They will be back on November 2nd.


Our docents in the barn will regale you with stories about the Apacheland Barn and the movie and TV shows that were filmed at Apacheland.

As you walk up towards the old Apacheland Barn, also known as the Audie Murphy Barn in memory of the famous war hero and actor, veer slightly to right to visit the Blacksmith shop, where Jon the “Cowboy Blacksmith” holds court on Saturdays from 10-2. Jon will show you how to make “prairie wedding rings” and regale you with tales of the Lost Dutchman. Jon also sells products he has created using the working coal forge located in the shop.

Blacksmith Jon Palmer standing in front of the Blacksmith Shop

On Sundays, you may find our newest Blacksmith, Will, in the Blacksmith Shop practicing his trade.

As you walk up to the Barn, you will see Camp Four Posts, where Digger the Donkey and his sidekick ventriloquist Chuckwagon Wanda hang out. The wisecracking Digger will have you in stitches. Digger and Wanda will be gone for the next two weeks, but they will be back soon!

Saturday at the Museum - Chuckwagon Wanda and Digger the Donkey - at the Old Town (photo by Jack Olson)

When you start getting thirsty, or feel the need for a snack, check out Charlie’s General store just inside the Barn, where you get a refreshing Sarsaparilla or bag of snacks. While you are there, our knowledgeable volunteers can help you pick out a great souvenir of your visit.

Check out the old Bunkhouse in the barn, where, if you listen closely, you can actually hear the old cowboys snoring in their bunks. Right next to it is the old Saloon, where you can still hear the old player piano entertaining the guests.

In the back of the Barn is the small train set and the awesome railroad video. The small train and video run every day from 10 to 2. The big trains are running every Friday, Saturday, and Sunday, from 10 to 2. Mother’s Day will be the last day for the season for the Big Trains.

Superstition Mountain Museum Railroad Patch

Superstition Mountain Museum Railroad

The Stamp Mill will be not be running this week, but you can see the entire Stamp Mill schedule HERE. While you are up there, check out the new Assay office building.

20 Stamp Mill Demonstration at Heritage Days & Apacheland Reunion - 2016

If the kids have any energy left they can check out the Arrastre and the Eighth of an Inch Mine Headframe. On the way back to the main museum building, you can take pictures in front of the Remington Bronze Sculpture.

Weekends in  April don’t need to be boring! Bring the family out to the Superstition Mountain Museum and have some fun. And maybe learn some interesting History facts while you’re here!

NOTE: Jon the Cowboy Blacksmith, Teton Ken, and Digger and Wanda are planning to be here every Saturday in September. However, sometimes things happen and one or more of them may not be able to make it out to the Museum. Call ahead on Saturday morning to verify who will be here. 480-983-4888. Will is planning on being in the Blacksmith Shop on Sundays in April, but call ahead to verify he is here.

Don’t forget, if you are planning on getting married soon, the Elvis Chapel is a great place to do so. We also have special group rates for tours and school groups. They have fun learning about the history and legends of the Superstition Mountains.