Fall foliage arrived later than normal and our famous Chinese Pistachio trees are showing gold, orange and red leaves this week. Peak Autumn color should last through the second or third week of December, as trees reach their most vivid hues in different gardens. Guided Friday birdwalks at 8:30 a.m. are among weekend nature walks included with $10 daily admission. General tours of the main trail Saturday, Sunday and Monday at 11:00 a.m., continue December 4-5, also December 10-11-12. Another special event December 10-11 is the chance to tour historic Picket Post Mansion.
Fall-Winter hours are daily from 8:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. visitors are not admitted after 4:00, so our final guests each day have one full hour to enjoy the gardens and trails before 5:00 closing time. Read more in our E-newsletter
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.
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Gallery Exhibit -- Atelier Plein Air Paintings
During November and December our gallery hosts the Ateliers plein air painters: Gini Heywood, Jean Hildebrant, Melinda Jennings, Cari Updike and Michael Heywood. This gallery exhibit can be seen in our visitor center daily during regular business hours from 8:00 - 5:00