Massacre Grounds Trail

#4 of 6 trails in Lost Dutchman State Park
Massacre Grounds Trail is a 6 mile out and back trail located near Tortilla Flat, AZ that features a waterfall and is good for all skill levels. The trail is primarily used for hiking and is accessible from October until April. Dogs are also able to use this trail but must be kept on leash.

6.0 miles 1269 feet Out & Back
dogs on leash kid friendly hiking views waterfall
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In 1848 Mexican miners of the Peralta family were taking gold from the area when Apaches pinned them down against a black rock wall and the miners died there at a place that came to be known as the Massacre Grounds. The Dutchman Jacob Waltz allegedly came upon their goldmine but took its location to his grave.

Anna Burton

1 Completed1 Reviews

Beautiful trail. Be careful if you take dogs though. Mine got multiple cactuses in his paws and feet even staying right on the trail with me

Ken Borys

1 Completed1 Reviews

A stimulating physical hike, just right.

Ellen C.

Nice view at top.

Michael Steele

1 Completed1 Reviews

Great hike for beginners. Really nice after a hard rain so the waterfall is active

Mark Aamot

17 Completed4 Reviews

A nice, mostly easy trail, with a couple short moderate to difficult stretches. At the end you can get up on a high mesa with awesome views, or you can go down to some pools below the waterfalls (if there's been enough rain lately for them to be running). I like hiking this trail as sunset is coming up. I always see wildlife and see (and hear) an awesome variety of birds. There are several small ridges, and a few caves along the trail that make for great spots to watch the sunset. There are more visually spectacular trails in this area, and they are more popular and crowded. If you don't have time to drive another 30 miles out somewhere, and are looking for some peace and solitude around sunset, this is your trail. I might be the only other one you see out there!

Steve S.

richard taylor

9 Completed6 Reviews

Nice out & back trail, would rate it moderate (not easy) for most hikers, however it's easy enough for the hard core to make a full on assault. Great views from on top.

Doug Neidholdt

554 Completed592 Reviews

Visited a second time with my son. We did the trail then bushwhacked west, hit another trail and returned to the parking lot. One of many nice hikes in the area. This one is short enough for anyone to enjoy. It is a gradual climb all the way but very doable for most anyone.

Stephanie Meek

11 Completed11 Reviews

Perfect hike to take advantage of perfect Az winter weather. I went with friends and didn't know what to expect but it there were some areas of loose rocks and elevation was up and down a lot which I like. Our dogs had a great time on the trail but just watch out for cactus. I definitely plan to go back to see the falls after a rain and to explore some of the caves we saw along the way.

Wes Stecker

3 Completed2 Reviews

Nice easy hike out and back. Great for an October morning.