August and September Open Every Day 6:00am - 3:00 pm
* Learn Your Lizard Walks August 30-31, 8am
Yes, we are open Labor Day Monday September 1 - and our Season Final Prickly Pear cactus fruit class is that morning at 9:30am. During August and September the Arboretum is open daily from 6:00am to 3:00pm, please note this revision of our schedule - extending summer hours for an extra month, ending October 1. During August and September visitors are not admitted after 2:00pm, our final visitors each day have one full hour from 2:00-3:00pm to enjoy the gardens and trails. Weekend Guided Nature Walks and events included with your $10 daily admission include either of our weekend of GUIDED LIZARD WALKS at 8:00am Saturday August 30 and also Sunday August 31. No pre-registration needed - just be in our Visitor Center by start time for each event Read more in our E-newsletter
Enroll in a camera workshop such as Tom Boggan's Basic Photography class;
read more detail on that and all Arboretum Photography Workshops
Consider annual membership -- they start at $50 and allow a full year's access to the Arboretum; membership is the best way you can help support BTA!
Plan breakfast or lunch in our nearby town of Superior, local restaurants are just five-minutes drive east of BTA and several offer discounts to Arboretum visitors and annual members.Check out Local Restaurants
Bring your own food - 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. 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 placefor children to learn and for all ages to appreciate the beauty and importance of desert ecosystems.Explore the gardens on a virtual tour!
August-September Gallery Exhibit : New Works by Heather Coen
During August and September our visitor center gallery showcases a solo exhibit of new works by Gilbert Painter Heather CoeMeet-the-artist at her gallery opening reception August 30, Saturday, from 11:00am to 1:00 pm.