The Treasure of the Superstitions: Scenarios for the Future of Superstition Vistas

Arizona's Premier State Trust Land in the Southeast Valley

April 2006

One can hardly look at the Superstition Mountains without thinking about the legend of Jacob Waltz and his burro searching for lost gold. Today, though, the treasure is not mythical gold, but land.

In northern Pinal County, Superstition Vistas, a 275-square mile piece of state trust land, is part of that treasure. Superstition Vistas, the subject of a new report from Morrison Institute for Public Policy, has been called the “jewel” of the state’s more than 9 million acres of state trust land.

The Treasure of the Superstitions: Scenarios for the Future of Superstition Vistas is the result of an effort by a group of public and private entities to think about state trust land and urban development in new ways. In fact, seldom in the history of the U.S. has there been a chance to envision the future of one piece of property, this large and this close to a growing metropolitan area. Never has such an opportunity been coupled with public ownership and public benefit.

The ideas presented in The Treasure of the Superstitions mark another step in the public conversation about the future of these 275 square miles and the communities that surround them. The Treasure of the Superstitions presented three possible futures for the land.
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