Fall Foliage lingers in a few of our famous Chinese Pistachio trees during this third week of December - and a herd of Bighorn Sheep was seen here Wednesday - and photographed here Saturday (thanks, Dawn Ratcliffe, for the photos). Learn Basic Camera Skills here December 27 in Sue Tatterson's Christmas Camera Crash Course.
December and January daily hours are 8:00am to 5:00 pm; closed December 25 for Christmas Day. Visitors are admitted until 4:00pm, not after. Final visitors each day have one full hour from 4:00-5:00pm to enjoy the gardens and trails. Daily 11:00 AM Guided Toursand events are included with admission of $10, including our 1:30 PM walk to see frankincense and myrrh on the Plants of the Bible Lands walk December 20. Read more our E-newsletter
And we're hiring! If you have considered working at the Arboretum
check our Jobs Page for complete details - and make sure to apply online via UAcareertracks
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. Wondering about weddings? Download our wedding PDF
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!
December Exhibit : Stipple Art by Julie Stubbs
This month our visitor center gallery showcases a solo exhibit of Stipple Art by Julie Stubbs . Read about Julie, preview the show and find details on her December 14 Meet-The-Artist opening reception.
January brings a solo exhibit by Linda Harrison-Parsons