Emergency Number for SSAR: 480-898-4265

24/7 Team Contact: 520-333-SSAR (7727)

Recent News


March 1, 2011

Superstition Search and Rescue is now registered as a CERT team through the Apache Junction Police Department.

December 5, 2009

Vanderpool.pdf: Letter from Roger Vanderpool, Director of the Arizona Department of Public Safety

Vasquez.pdf: Letter from Christopher Vasquez, Former Pinal County Sheriff

Bricker.pdf: Letter from Genevieve Bricker, President of A.D.O.B.E.

Who Is Superstition Search & Rescue?

Superstition Search & Rescue (SSAR) is a private volunteer service organization dedicated to wilderness and urban search and rescue in Arizona. This non-profit rescue team was originally formed in 1981 as Apache Junction Search and Rescue. In 1994, we incorporated and changed our name to Superstition Wilderness Rescue, Inc. and later changed the name again to Superstition Search & Rescue.

The primary purpose of this volunteer organization is to assist individuals who may experience wilderness-related problems. These range from incidents such as falls or medical emergencies, lost or overdue hikers, heat or cold exposure, and more. Our group is highly skilled in wilderness first-aid, technical rescue, orienteering and tracking.  These skills enable Superstition Search & Rescue members to safely and efficiently move patients from the field to appropriate medical service in the event of injury, or to their families, in the case of a lost or overdue hiker.  We currently have approximately 25 volunteers that sacrifice their time and personal resources to assist those in need.  We are always looking for more people.
What Does the Name Mean?

Superstition Search & Rescue derived its name from the beautiful Superstition Mountains and Wilderness Area located in northwestern Pinal County, and the far northeast portion of Maricopa County.  The mountains consist of over 160,000 acres of rough and beautiful terrain and are separated from the Mazatzal Mountains to the north by the Salt River and its numerous lakes.

The Superstition Wilderness Area has a well-developed trail system and receives heavy use from October to May, during the cooler months here in the Sonoran desert. Searing heat (110�F or higher) and a shortage of precipitation (about 3 inches during the summer months) are typical summer conditions. Bitter cold, torrential rains, and even snowstorms are not uncommon in the Superstitions during the winter months. To those hardy enough to meet the challenges, this wilderness offers a unique scenic beauty, and a chance to study the many desert plants and animals indigenous to the area. Unfortunately, many hikers do not understand these challenges, or they misinterpret them and get themselves into trouble. Approximately, one-fourth of our rescues are for people who are from out of town and even though they are able hikers, they do not realize how rugged the terrain is here. Many others just do not use common sense. And, of course there are the few hikers that simply twist an ankle or break a leg that require our assistance. That's where we come into action.

Article Archives
07-03-2013 Dennis Mack of SSAR featured in Kollenborn's Chronicles
04-27-2013 "I was lied to and treated with disrepect."
04-19-2013 Hiker's Body Found in Mtns.
04-19-2013 Body of Missing Lost Dutchman Hiker Possibly Found by Superstition Search and Rescue
04-19-2013 CBS News: Body of missing hiker found in Superstitions
01-30-2013 Golden Sun R.V. Resort Assists Superstition Search & Rescue
11-29-2012 Fox News: Body of man who hunted legendary 'Lost Dutchman's' gold mine believed found in Arizona mountains
11-27-2012 Body found in Superstition Mountains may be missing gold hunter
11-27-2012 Superstition Search and Rescue Team Finds Human Remains in Same Area Where Missing Gold Prospector's Campsite Was Found in 2009
10-08-2012 2012 Grand Canyon Clean Up
08-25-2012 Jeff Block, buddy Blue are leaving their mark
08-10-2012 Missing Ariz. man found dead in truck, police confirm
08-08-2012 AJ man and his dog killed in truck crash -- Found at bottom of Salt River Canyon by search team
02-28-2011 A Deadly Vision
01-14-2011 Third body found in Superstitions
01-17-2011 Local search and rescue team believes remains in Superstitions may be missing Utah man
01-01-2011 2010 Review
11-04-2010 Moonlight hike held for FBI
10-18-2010 Missing Man Found Dead
10-01-2010 SSAR helps clean the Grand Canyon
01-14-2010 SSAR Expands Services to Include Urban Rescue
01-05-2010 SSAR Delivers
01-03-2010 SSAR Finds Body in San Tan Valley Canal

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