July, August and September Open Every Day 6:00am - 3:00 pm
* Sunday Prickly Pear Class July 27 at 9:30 am
During July, 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, until October 1. 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 include a special July 26 Geology Walk, also a Saturday Butterfly Walk -- and Sunday July 27 is our season debut Prickly Pear Cactus Fruit Class. Nature walks and Prickly Pear Classes are included with your daily admission of
$10; no pre-registration needed - just be in our Visitor Center by start time Read more in our E-newsletter
Enroll in a camera workshop such as Lisa Langell's Basic Photography class July 27; 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 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!
July Exhibit : Arizona Sunsets Photography by Roger Degler
During June and July our visitor center gallery showcases a solo exhibit of Arizona sunsets, flower macros and landscape photography by Roger Our August and September gallery guest is Gilbert Painter Heather Coen