May-through-August brings our Summertime schedule, open daily at 6:00 a.m. and closing at 3:00 p.m.; final admissions are taken at 2:00, so those last visitor still have one full hour to enjoy the trails and gardens. May 25, Saturday, we have an 8:00 a.m. Geology Guided Walk with enthralling tourguide Alan Seymour, and also a Butterfly Walk lead by ASU Professor Ron Rutowski. Read more about
Weekend Nature Walks included with daily admission of $9.
Consider annual membership -- they start at $45 and allow a full year's access to the Arboretum; membership is the best way you can help support BTA!
Novice photographers: sign up for our workshop with Michael Madsen May 26; read more about
Arboretum Photography Workshops
Plan breakfast or lunch at a local restaurant just five-minutes drive away in our nearby town of Superior - several offer discounts to Arboretum visitors and annual members.The Buckboard Cafe offers a special Arboretum-specific discount; ask for their menu - or ask your server about Arboretum special deals.
Or bring your own supplies and 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. Trails are Wheelchair Accessible 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 place for children to learn and for all ages to appreciate the beauty and importance of desert ecosystems.Explore the gardens on a virtual tour!
Photography by Preston Cox and Tammy Knight
Read more about the recent exhibit of photographs by BTA staffers Preston Cox and Tammy Knight