At Lost Dutchman State Park, 6109 N. Apache Trail in Apache Junction, there are creepy things crawling in the dark.
Scorpions find their way into all the nooks and crannies of the desert and after dark you can light up their fluorescent forms on a hike with a ranger July-September, according to a release.
Desert scorpion hunting classes are at 7:30 p.m. Saturdays, July 17 and Aug. 14 and 7:30 p.m. Saturday, Sept. 11.
Learn more about these stinging invertebrates and then check them out as they scurry across the desert floor under cover of darkness.
Wear closed-toe shoes and bring plenty of water and a black light. You can also purchase a light for $9 at the event. No pets, please.
Park entrance fee is $7 per vehicle of one to four adults. Individuals on a bicycle cost $3. The cost increases to $10 per vehicle Friday-Sunday and holidays from October to May.
Check out other fun events happening at Lost Dutchman State Park this summer at AZStateParks.com.
- Saguaro Saunter, 6:30 a.m. July 17, Aug. 7 and Sept. 11: Join Ranger Jody for a quick guided tour of the day use area, providing you the opportunity to learn about the lived experience of the saguaro. Meet at Palo Verde day use area.
- Sunset Stroll, 7:15 p.m. July 24: Nothing quite beats an Arizona sunset draping gracefully over the Superstition Mountains, with views of Four Peaks and Goldfield mountains in plain view. This easy 1-mile guided hike with a ranger focuses on the aesthetic while offering opportunities to interpret what you see on the trail. Be on the lookout for critters that are active during sunset and the clues they leave for us to find. Meet at Saguaro day use area.
- Power Hour, 8 a.m. July 25, Aug. 8 and 22, Sept. 12 and 26: This in-person casual presentation invites you to empower yourself and your community — because knowledge is power. Join a ranger as we enlighten you with special guests and topics of interest. Feel free to bring your own drinks, snacks and questions about the area for some real ranger answers. Meet at Palo Verde day use area.
- Sunset Moonlit Hike, 6:45 p.m. Aug. 21 and 6:30 p.m. Sept. 19: Nothing quite beats an Arizona sunset draping gracefully over the Superstition Mountains, with views of Four Peaks and Goldfield mountains in plain view. While transitioning beautifully into the full moon, you will enjoy the best of both worlds. This easy 1.25-mile guided hike with a ranger focuses on the aesthetic while offering opportunities to interpret what you see on the trail. Be on the lookout for critters that are active at dusk and the clues they leave for us to find. Meet at Saguaro day use area.
- Family Campout, Dec. 11-12: Arizona Family Campout Program weekends are designed for families that have little or no experience camping. We will introduce you to the great experiences you can share with your family and inspire you to continue to explore the great outdoors. You will learn how to set up a tent and an introduction to cooking outside, plus you will get to try some fun activities you can do while camping. Registration is $90 for a family of up to four. Additional family members $5 each. One family per registration. For families greater than four, special arrangements are needed — email firstname.lastname@example.org. Children 5 and younger and pets cannot attend this program. Since this event focuses on learning to tent camp, RVs are not allowed. Register at azstateparks.com/family-camp.