Learn about Turkey Vultures and see the big black birds here September 24 during our Saturday morning Bye -Bye Buzzards event. The Arboretum is open every day of September from 6:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m.; Saturday September 24 we offer Vulture Viewing from 7:00-8:30 followed by a guided bird walk -- or a Geology Tour at 8:00 a.m., or a Butterfly Walk at 9:00 a.m. Read more about weekend nature walksand events that are included with $10 daily admission - free on Sept. 24 if you bring the special downloadable coupon from the Smithsonian Magazine -- find links to that coupon and Read more in our E-newsletter
September hours are daily from 6:00 am to 3:00 pm; visitors are not admitted after 2:00, so our final guests each day have one full hour to enjoy the gardens and trails before 3:00 closing time. Fall-Winter-Spring hours resume October 1, when our schedule is 8:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. daily.
Trails and gardens are Wheelchair Accessibleand, yes, dogs are welcome, provided they are leashed and well-behaved; and accompanied by courteous owners, too. verify start times and guided tour and class details on our EVENTS page
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Plan breakfast or lunch in our neighboring town of Superior, local restaurants are just five-minutes drive east of BTA
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Bring your own lunch - visitors are welcome to use the tables and grilles shaded by trees in our picnic area. Please be aware of seasonal fire restrictions; call our staff at 520-689-2723 during daytime business hours to verify whether charcoal is allowed in our picnic area charcoal grilles.
Do you need Maps and Directions? Arizona State Parks has an excellent map/direction page. The Arboretum is an Arizona State Park located at Highway 60 milepost #223 near the historic copper mining town of Superior, 55 miles due east of Phoenix. The drive takes about two hours from Tucson via highway 79 North through Florence to highway 60 -- then turn right and continue east another twelve miles. There is no restaurant at the Arboretum but sandwiches, drinks and snacks are available in our gift shop. Picnic tables and charcoal grills are available for visitors to use; propane and charcoal are allowed, wood fires are not.
Read about the Arboretum's 75-year heritage, our history page describes how the Arboretum has grown to include two miles of trails and into a placefor children to learn and for all ages to appreciate the beauty and importance of desert ecosystems.Explore the gardens on a virtual tour!
Gallery Exhibit -- Burdell Moody Paintings
This month our gallery exhibits original paintings by Burdell Moody , continuing through September 25 ; see Burdell's art exhibit during daily September hours 6:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m. During October the gallery hosts Darrell Sheppard; meet the artist at his gallery opening reception October 23 from 1:00 - 4:00 p.m.; click images on his page to obtain an invitation for free admission to attend as Darrell's guest.