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  • Writer's pictureSuperior, Arizona

Superior on Foot: Step into the Heart of Arizona

Are you one of those dedicated individuals who commute to work every day, juggling the rush hour traffic and navigating through the chaos of city life? If so, you could probably use a weekend break that involves a little more movement and a little less car time. There's a hidden gem just waiting to be discovered that will be sure to give you the opportunity of hitting your 10K daily step goal. Welcome to Superior, Arizona – a charming town that begs to be explored on foot.

Superior is not just any ordinary town; it's a place where history, culture, and natural beauty come together to create a unique and authentic experience. Whether you plan on a day trip or staying a few nights, here are some compelling reasons why you should consider exploring Superior on foot.

Discover the Small-Town Charm
Walk all around historic downtown Superior!

Superior is a town where the warmth of the community greets you at every corner. As you stroll through the streets, you'll encounter friendly faces, local businesses, and historic buildings that tell the story of a town that has stood the test of time.

Walk through Boyce Thompson Arboretum
Stroll the grounds of Boyce Thompson Arboretum. Photo by Kirk Rasmussen/Visit USA Parks

Boyce Thompson Arboretum in Superior is the oldest and largest botanical garden in the state and boasts over 4.7 miles of trails in gardens representing 11 different regions of the world. Take advantage of the beautiful landscape and get some photos of your exotic surroundings. The arboretum turns 100 this coming year and they will be hosting special centennial celebrations all year long.

Gorgeous Natural Beauty
Explore nature on the Legends of Superior Trails

If you're looking for an escape from the concrete jungle, Superior offers hiking opportunities in the nearby Superstition Mountains. The Legends of Superior Trails (LOST) is an 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 the while under the gaze of the majestic Pickpost Mountain to the south and Apache Leap to the east. Enjoy breathtaking views and a chance to immerse yourself in the tranquility of nature.

Art and Culture
Take home a little color from La Paloma Fine Art Gallery

Don't forget to check out the local art scene. There are a number of art galleries that offer original works by talented local artists. The murals that adorn the town's buildings are not only impressive works of art but also a testament to the local pride and creativity that Superior residents hold dear.

Culinary Delights
Follow your nose to some smokey goodness. Photo by Silver King Smokehouse and Saloon

When you're exploring a town on foot, you can't help but stumble upon local eateries that offer unique and delicious cuisine. Superior has some fantastic restaurants and cafes that will delight your taste buds and introduce you to the flavors of the Southwest.

Community Events
Catch some live music in the heart of town at Besich Park.

Keep an eye out for community events in Superior. Whether it's a local market, live music, or a special festival, walking around town allows you to be in the know and be a part of the action.

Meeting the Locals
Meet local artist, Charles Davison who is a hard working and well known artist.

When you explore a place on foot, you have more opportunities to strike up conversations with the locals. You might just make a new friend or learn a fascinating story about the town's history.

Photography Paradise
Explore the foot bridge near Porter's Saloon & Grill

The unique landscapes and historical architecture make Superior a photographer's paradise. Don't forget your camera or smartphone, as there are plenty of photo-worthy moments waiting to be captured.

Gazebo in Besich Park at sunset

In a world where fast-paced routines often leave us disconnected from the beauty of the places we live or pass through, Superior stands as an inviting reminder that exploring on foot can be immensely rewarding. So, the next time you're on your daily commute to work, start mentally planning your Superior weekend getaway. You'll be amazed at what you discover, and you may just find yourself falling in love with this hidden gem in the heart of Arizona.



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