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Feb 25, 2022
Copper Country News
Superior Home and Building Tour returns this month
The Superior Chamber of Commerce will be presenting its 14th annual Home and Building Tour on January 29-30, along with a free antique show at the recently restored Magma Club. In addition, the activity-packed weekend will feature live music, guided hikes, a pancake breakfast, handmade pottery for sale from the Mexican village of Mata Ortiz and historian speakers who will bring the former mining town’s past to life.
Jan 6, 2022
Off-the-Beaten Path Places to Visit in 2022
Superior’s beginnings weren’t so different from many other Arizona settlements. The town—then called Queen—sprang up to supply the nearby silver town of Pinal. That mine boomed, then went bust. Copper was discovered near Superior, fortunes were made, and, eventually, that mine closed. But then, in 1924, a copper magnate gave the mountain town a gift that would become its crown jewel: Boyce Thompson Arboretum. Today, the living museum shelters 19,000 plants within 135 acres of gardens, from the Heritage Rose Garden, abloom with 19th-century roses, to the new Wallace Desert Garden, where columnar cacti reach skyward. Don’t miss the Australian Deserts Exhibit, which is home to century-old eucalyptus trees, including Mr. Big, the largest red river gum (Eucalyptus camaldulensis) in the United States.
Oct 16, 2021
Local First Arizona
Keep Arizona Beautiful Returns on Superior’s LOST Trails
On Saturday, October 16th, the Keep Arizona Beautiful clean-up took place with a check-in station at Superior Municipal Airport. Mayor Mila Besich came in support to see the volunteers off. Volunteers arrived around 8am and they prepared to head out with their trash bags and pickers, eager to clean trails with the help of the US Forest Service and representatives from LOST and Local First Arizona.
Sep 6, 2021
Globe Miami Times
The Burros are Baaack! Superior hosts Burro Run and Mining Festival Oct. 22 -24
SUPERIOR – The Superior Chamber of Commerce is excited to bring back two of the town’s most popular events: the Superior Burro Run and the 33rd Annual Apache Leap Mining Festival. Held over the weekend of October 22-24, 2021, these one-of-a-kind events will celebrate Superior’s rich history as a mining town with a series of fun, family-friendly activities, ranging from pack burro racing to a hands-on mining competition and more.
Jun 17, 2021
AZ Big Media
Superior will bring back Burro Run and mining festival
The Superior Chamber of Commerce is excited to bring back two of the town’s most popular events: the Superior Burro Run and the 33rd Annual Apache Leap Mining Festival. Held over the weekend of October 22-24, 2021, these one-of-a-kind events will celebrate Superior’s rich history as a mining town with a series of fun, family-friendly activities, ranging from pack burro racing to a hands-on mining competition and more.
Apr 19, 2021
Globe Miami Times
Planting seeds of opportunity in Superior Arizona
SUPERIOR- The Town of Superior, Arizona is known as a destination for it’s unspoiled nature, rich heritage and elevated outdoor adventures. But what you may not know is that Superior is also planting the seeds of entrepreneurial opportunities by partnering with SEED SPOT.
Feb 21, 2021
Sara Jean on the Radio 99.9KEZ
Experience Superior: Hike Picketpost Mountain Trail
About the Hike: Picketpost Mountain is an awe-inspiring butte that rises almost 2,000 feet above the town of Superior, Arizona. The mountain's name originated from an early military camp established at the base of the mountain by General George Stoneman in 1870. According to Wikipedia, the soldiers nicknamed the mountain “Picket Post” due to its usage as a sentinel point to guard their camp from attacks. This military camp eventually grew into the present day town of Superior.
Feb 18, 2021
Jaime's Show the Love heads to Superior
SUPERIOR, AZ (3TV/CBS 5) -- Jaime's Local Love is featuring local businesses across Arizona that need a little extra love because of the pandemic in her Show the Love series.
This week, Show the Love ventures to Superior, Arizona to check out a winery and the largest and oldest botanical garden in the state.
Jan 6, 2021
Shop at Home: Bruzzi Vineyard’s Superior Tasting Room
“We chose Superior because it echoes the natural beauty and rural nature of our home in Young,” Owner James Bruzzi said. “We see the potential in downtown Superior and we are proud to be a part of its renaissance.”
Dec 29, 2020
Fox 10 Phoenix
Take a tour of Superior, Arizona, a historical mining town rich with history
The town of Superior is about an hour's drive east of the Valley. It's a town rich with Native American history and the state's mining industry. FOX 10 photojournalists Joe Tillman and Brian Kae take us on a unique tour with Superior Tour Company through this beautiful landscape near the Tonto National Forest.
Nov 15, 2020
Boyce Thompson Arboretum makes room for thousands of fragile desert specimens
SUPERIOR — There’s a plant at Boyce Thompson Arboretum that has survived the tumults of life on earth for 280 million years. It’s an unfathomable amount of time and has led scientists to classify cycads, an ancient family of plants that look similar to stocky palm trees, as “living fossils.”
Oct 14, 2020
Ahwatukee Foothills News
Boyce offers oasis of desert riparian plants
For those looking for a day trip out of Phoenix or Tucson, consider heading up into the Superstition Mountain foothills to one of Arizona’s most stunning gardens – a 353-acre oasis in the uplands of the Sonoran Desert called Boyce Thompson Arboretum.
Aug 10, 2020
Arizona's Best Kept Secret Will Take You On A Passport-Free Trip To The Outback
You can forget about a pricey plane ticket to Australia and opt for a secret walkabout right in the Grand Canyon State! Boyce Thompson Arboretum in Arizona features stunning gardens that'll whisk you to another country. And it's all without the airfare.
Jul 16, 2020
The summer of COVID-19: Things to do in Phoenix and around Arizona
Ayer Lake at Boyce Thompson Arboretum is home to the endangered desert pupfish and the Gila topminnow.
Feb 12, 2022
Sara Jean on the Radio 99.9KEZ
Experience Superior, AZ: Boyce Thompson Arboretum
About the Arboretum: The botanical gardens boast 392 acres of beautiful landscapes, 3,900 different species of plants and is open year round with the park changing with each season. I've been lucky enough to visit at different times of the year and every time the landscape changes bringing something new to look at! I highly recommend going in spring when there is water running through the creek and the saguaro start to bloom!
Dec 21, 2021
Only in your State
The 12 Best Hidden Gems In Arizona To Visit In 2022, One For Each Month Of The Year
11. November - Boyce Thompson Arboretum (Superior) When you think of fall foliage in Arizona, the first place that comes to mind is probably Flagstaff. While the aspen trees up there are undeniably gorgeous, southern Arizona has its fair share of changing leaves, too! Boyce Thompson Arboretum boasts a striking display of seasonal hues. November is the perfect time to stroll through the gardens and take in the enchanting scenery. Learn more here.
Sep 15, 2021
Best fall-foliage hikes and scenic drives in Arizona for 2021: Here's how to plan a trip
Boyce Thompson Arboretum: Although flames of the Telegraph Fire lapped right at the edges of Boyce Thompson Arboretum near Superior in June, the park was saved by valiant efforts of firefighters. To honor that accomplishment, pay a visit to Arizona’s oldest and largest arboretum.
Aug 8, 2021
City Sun Times
Spend This Second Friday Discovering Superior — Kick off the night at Boyce Thompson Arboretum
Boyce Thompson Arboretum invites Valley residents to head to Superior for an evening of discovery at its Arb After Hours event, scheduled for Aug. 13 and Sept. 10. This new event invites guests to explore select gardens and exhibits in the evening, with light bites from local Superior restaurant, Porter’s Cafe & Spirits, plus local wine and beer and non-alcoholic beverages.
May 24, 2021
Royal Enfield INT 650 Scrambler Please
Before I could put the Interceptor under the proverbial knife, I needed to make certain it was the motorcycle I’d imagined. A trip east from Phoenix to the sleepy little desert mountain town of Superior, Arizona, was the first trip.
Apr 5, 2021
Hungry for a road trip? Try Arizona's best hidden gem restaurants outside of Phoenix
Superior: Jade Grill
This intimate place is a roadside gem serving a surprisingly diverse range of items from Chinese pork ribs to Korean beef wraps to Thai grilled salad. Owner Lucy Wing was a successful food writer and editor in New York before returning to her hometown of Superior to give something back. Her passion for barbecue is obvious in the flavorful slow-smoked meats and she’s an artist with the spices and seasonings.
Feb 20, 2021
The Cross Of Santa Ana, Superior, Arizona
This cross proudly stands atop the hills overlooking the small Arizona town of Superior.
Around the time of its creation, much of the town’s residents were devout Catholics. So, on May 3rd, 1936, a group of miners set out to construct this monument overlooking their homes and workplaces, to be blessed by a town priest, after its completion. At the base of the cross is a small window for offerings or candles—presumably, before prayer.
Feb 1, 2021
AZ IV Medics
Top Arizona Rock Climbing Spots
Queen Creek Canyon, which is right outside the town of Superior, is a fantastic spot for beginners. The many routes have a mix of easy and more challenging climbs, and you can stick to the level that suits you. Oak Flat Campground offers some of the toughest bouldering, and you will enjoy looking at the volcanic rock, too.
Jan 1, 2021
Superior Chamber of Commerce plans ‘Great Gift Card Giveaway’
The Superior Chamber of Commerce is offering the “Great Gift Card Giveaway.” Beginning Jan. 10, chamber member businesses that serve the public — retail stores, galleries, restaurants, skin care, tours, massage, etc. — will be joining together to offer customers the opportunity to win a $100 gift certificate. Superior is 30 minutes east of Apache Junction, according to a release.
Nov 18, 2020
Day Trip: Superior
3 Places To Eat
A CASA DOÑA LOLA
Located off the main highway, this unprepossessing mom-and-pop shop is a great place to refuel with Sonoran fare after a morning hoofing it at the arboretum (see Things to Do). The salsa is house-made and the chilaquiles sport some of the tastiest chips and richest refried beans in Arizona.
649 Hwy. 60, 520-689-0179
Nov 9, 2020
A Superior state of mind along US 60
US 60 is nearly 370 miles long, stretching from the New Mexico state lane to Quartzsite, just 30 miles shy of hitting California. Along the way it's dotted with plenty of interesting locales.
But there is one place that stands above them all, at least in its name: Superior.
Sep 29, 2020
This small town is like no other, boasting three distinct geophysical features. Lovely little Superior’s got plenty to offer its visitors, from stunning scenery to fantastic trails to a bit of Arizona history. Tucked up against the base of the Apache Leap Mountains and surrounded by Tonto National Forest, Superior is situated along the “division line” of three geophysical features – the Arizona-Sonoran desert, the valley and plateaus of Central Arizona, and majestic mountain ranges that boast waterfalls and winter snow.
Aug 6, 2020
Rural Arizona's fight for funding
SUPERIOR (3TV/CBS 5) – The COVID-19 pandemic is hitting governments hard mainly due to a drop in sales tax revenue.
In rural Arizona, communities are making sure they are not left out of any additional relief funding coming from the federal government.
Superior Mayor Mila Besich is working hard to keep her town functioning during the pandemic.
Jun 17, 2020
Golden Corridor Living
Pinal County: Superior
Superior sits at the crossroads of Arizona’s history. In the early 1870s, legend has it that 75 Apache Indians (probably actually Yavapai Indians, who were then called Mohave-Apaches) leaped off of Picket Post Butte rather than surrender to the U.S. cavalry. The cliff has been known as Apache Leap ever since and the small, shiny pieces of obsidian found in the area are called Apache Tears. The town, at the western edge of the Pinal Mountains, was once called the “Mayberry of the Southwest” by Sunset Magazine because of the friendliness and “niceness” of its people.
Jan 27, 2022
3 New Places to Visit in Superior
If you’re looking for a dose of small-town charm in the new year, take a road trip to Superior. The former mining town, with its budding food-and-beverage scene, is about an hour’s drive from Phoenix.
Nov 4, 2021
Burro racing? A nod to mining, Arizona communities embrace the competition
SUPERIOR – A few hours before high noon, about 80 competitors – in this case, donkeys – strolled through Main Street before wandering over to nearby old mining trails. Around 1,000 human fans lined up along the dusty avenue, cheering the animals as they went hoof-to-hoof in either 3-, 6- or 12-mile races.
Sep 7, 2021
Exploring the Heart of Southern Arizona
The Boyce Thompson Arboretum near Superior is Arizona’s largest and oldest botanical garden, with 4.75 miles of trails. With over 3,900 plant species from around the world, the riparian area attracts Sonoran Desert wildlife and over 270 migrating bird species. An Audubon Society “Important Bird Area.”
Aug 3, 2021
Phoenix New Times
10 Big Food and Drink Events Across Arizona This August
10th Annual Superior Prickly Pear Festival | Saturday, August 14 | Throughout Superior, AZ | It's hard to believe it, but 2021 marks the tenth year of the Superior Prickly Pear Festival held in Superior. The one-day event put on by Regenerating Sonora celebrates the incredible and edible Sonoran desert and starts with a prickly pear foraging and a pancake breakfast. Guest speakers will be discussing food education and harvesting, and there will be retail vendors, food trucks, and a beer garden with live entertainment. Local restaurants will also be serving a desert-related dish or beverage. The fun goes on until 10 p.m.
May 20, 2021
Golden Corridor Living
Arboretum Offers New Summer Programs
Take a drive to Boyce Thompson Arboretum — about an hour away from Casa Grande in the far northeast corner of Pinal County — and you’ll still be in the middle of the desert. Or more precisely about 10 deserts represented in different sections of the 353-acre garden.
Mar 14, 2021
ARIZONA HIGHWAY'S FULL EPISODE: 13 March 2021
Watch the Full Episode by clicking on the 'Read Article' button below. Located about 70 miles east of Phoenix, Superior started at a mining community and today offers visitors quaint shopping and easy access to the Tonto National Forest.
Feb 19, 2021
Where are wildflowers blooming in Arizona? Try these hikes and scenic drives this spring
Along the way you’ll have a few other options to explore, such as Boyce Thompson Arboretum. Arizona’s oldest and largest botanical garden was created to study drought-tolerant plants from around the world. But just because they study drought doesn’t mean they practice it. Their flowers get some extra love with a water hose when needed. Masks are required.
Jan 29, 2021
Shop at Home: Los Hermanos Restaurant, Lounge and Tortilla Factory
You will find fresh red chile and green chile and people come from far and wide to purchase their homemade tortillas, which adds to the authenticity of their recipes. It is not uncommon to find people purchasing multiple dozen tortillas to take home. In addition to their daily menu, they feature specials and also have a full bar and beer selection. Los Hermanos can also provide catering for event either off site and or in their ballroom. The tortilla factory also sells fresh masa for tamales, nix tamale and other traditional ingredients for your kitchen at home.
Dec 29, 2020
AZ Daily Star
Photos: New bridge over Pinto Creek on US 60 near Superior, Ariz.
The Pinto Creek Bridge project on U.S. Highway 60 between Miami and Superior. The existing steel arch bridge in the background was built in 1949 and no longer meets modern highway safety guidelines. It is being replaced with a concrete bridge as part of a project managed by the Arizona Department of Transportation and the Federal Highway Administration. Completion is set for mid-2021. The original bridge cannot be safely or economically rehabilitated for other uses, so it will be demolished.
Nov 17, 2020
‘Oak Flat: A Fight for Sacred Land in the American West,’ by Lauren Redniss: An Excerpt
Main Street climbs uphill until it dead-ends into the pink stucco arches of the Pinal County Administrative Building. Cypress trees jut into the sky; behind them, red cliffs loom. The setting is cinematic. Superior appears in The Gauntlet with Clint Eastwood and How the West Was Won with Gregory Peck and Henry Fonda. In Oliver Stone’s 1997 Wild West noir U Turn, Sean Penn’s car breaks down in Superior, where he gets sucked into a deadly love triangle with Jennifer Lopez and Nick Nolte.
Oct 20, 2020
Day Trips and Tours from Scottsdale
Head for Boyce Thompson Arboretum, and you’ll never look at the desert the same again. Located just an hour from Scottsdale, this shady sanctuary harbors thousands of drought-tolerant plants from cacti to succulents to a forest of hardy trees, all collected from arid regions across the globe. Founded by wealthy mining engineer, Colonel William Boyce Thompson, the arboretum is crisscrossed by easy hiking trails (some wheelchair accessible) that explore a variety of themed gardens and even a small lake.
Sep 21, 2020
This Southwest Road Trip Will Take You On An Epic Adventure From Arizona To Colorado
Boyce Thompson Arboretum
Location: 37615 E. Arboretum Way, Superior, AZ
Why You Need To Go: Wander through dreamy desert landscapes for a fabulous afternoon under the sun.
Jul 22, 2020
Local First Arizona
Superior is in Full Bloom with a New Tourism Brand
The Town of Superior, Arizona is excited to unveil a new tourism marketing brand to increase awareness of Superior as an international bucket-list destination.