Elevated and enriching active experiences in a majestic mountain setting.
Superior is an outdoor enthusiasts dream! With destinations like the Boyce Thompson Arboretum and an expansive landscape offering beautiful vistas along hiking, biking, and rock climbing paths, Superior is one of Arizona's best locations to experience the outdoors.
PHOTO CREDIT: Boyce Thompson Arboretum
Arizona offers some of the best birding in America. Here is Superior we offer some prime spots for birders. Boyce Thompson Arboretum is a hummingbird haven. The multiple riparian habitats at the arboretum bring such sub-species of hummingbirds as the green-and-gray Anna's or the hunched Costa's while the wooded areas, lake and river attract species like wrens, sparrows and orioles. You'll also see Ladder-backed woodpeckers, Clark's nutcrackers, and Rufous-backed robins. The Legends of Superior Trail also offers excellent birding opportunities.
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If you are into mountain biking then Superior is the mountain town for you! Use Superior as a launch point to this great loop ride on the Arizona Trail - Picketpost Trailhead to Red Mountain. 41.5 miles of well designed and maintained trail thrills.
From the trailhead the trail follows the AZT - Passage 17 - Alamo Canyon to the south, with Picketpost Mountain looming to the east. It's a steady climb with a few rocky and off-camber sections.
Leaving Alamo Canyon about 11.5 miles into this ride, you'll transition to AZT - Passage 16 - Gila River Canyons. On your way, you'll contour upwards amid the saguaros with some smooth sections. The trail is very well designed and maintained, so almost everything is rideable.
After crossing Telegraph Canyon and riding through tiny green oases, the trail ascends to two passes marking the high points of this section. From the end point, turn around to enjoy some more rolling terrain, back the way you came, to return to the trailhead.
Apache tear in perlite. PHOTO CREDIT: JEEP THE USA
Get to know the rocks and minerals around Superior. It can be fun to learn about geology and to identify what is it you are seeing on the ground and what makes up the layers of the mountains.
Follow the link provided to read more about geological features of the Superior Area.
Desert Jeep Tours
PHOTO CREDIT: Superior Tour Company
For a one-of-a-kind off-road jeep tour with a friendly guide you can check out Superior Tour Company. They provide historical off-road and in town tours with either lifted off-road jeep or a golf cart. Take in the sites and history of Superior and get up close and personal with the beauty of the landscape. Choose from one of many packages around Superior learning about the Silver King Mine, Picket Post Mountain, Oak Flat, or you can mix and match to see exactly what you want! Also available are night time tours to go ghost hunting or see celestial events or perhaps a whimsical, nostalgic, adventurous, quiet, peaceful, spontaneous, romantic, star gazing type of night tour.
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For the off-road enthusiast, the Montana Mountain Loop offers 35 miles through mountains, along narrow trails, with multiple river crossings and an amazing pine tree forest at the top. With a series of switchbacks on the way down the last few miles of the loop offer an exhilarating driving experience for those traveling the trail.
For additional off-roading areas to explore follow our link to AZ OffRoading. There you will find lots of information about trails near Superior and helpful tips about being prepared before you go.
PHOTO CREDIT: Sunset Magazine, Creator: Andrea M. Gómez
Get LOST in Superior on the Legends of Superior Trail! The LOST Trail is a 11.65 mile long hiking, biking and equestrian recreational trail that travels through Superior and the beautiful Sonoran Desert. The trail creates a connection from the stunning Arizona National Scenic Trail, through Superior to the rugged Queen Creek Canyon. Along the way it passes through the riparian forest of Arnett Canyon and the remains of the abandoned town of Pinal, and all while under the gaze of the majestic Picketpost Mountain to the south and Apache Leap to the east. The Legends of Superior Trails Inc. was incorporated and founded as a 501c3 Non-Profit Organization in 2015. The group has worked collaboratively with the Arizona Trail Association and the Town of Superior for over a decade. The trail is one of the first gateway community trails that connects the Arizona National Scenic Trail to the Town of Superior. Plans are underway to add another 51 miles of trails. The current trail consists of several segments: Queen Creek, Downtown, Miners & Ranchers, Panther to Pinal City and Arnett Canyon. Parking is available at trail heads.
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For rock climbers, the Queen Creek canyon has become a Mecca for rock climbers. The 1989 through 2004 Phoenix Bouldering Contests and Phoenix Boulder Blasts were held in the Oak Flat campground, drawing in hundreds of top athletes from around the world. Now the Queen Creek areas has become a destination crag for all types of rock climbers and recreationalists. Located just four miles east of Superior, the landscape is absolutely gorgeous with towering spires of rock and endless fields of boulders. The Queen Creek area also includes the Oak Flat campground, Apache Leap, and Devils Canyon all located mostly in the Tonto National Forest. For a rock climber, the Queen Creek area has a lifetime of routes and boulders to be climbed. There are close to 1000 routes and 2000 boulder problems developed, and climbers still have not scratched the surface on how extensive the area is.
For more information follow the link to the Queen Creek Coalition website. The Queen Creek Coalition is a non-profit organization whose mission is to maximize rock climbing and recreational opportunities in the Queen Creek region located near Superior.