Superior Travel Guide

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Superior Things to Do

  • Boyce Arboretum

    Wanna see the desert wildflowers in bloom? The drive to Superior in Mid March is beautiful. Lupines, poppies line the road leading you to the Boyce Arboretum. Make sure you have enough gas in the tank before making the journey. There are no gas stations until you reach Superior (a few miles from the arboretum).The arboretum paths are wide and...

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  • For Candy Lovers

    This is a carob tree. Carob is a healthier substitute for chocolate in candies. Carob Trees are endangered.

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  • African Statue

    In addition to the plants from around the world you will occasionally see other items reflecting the culture and the heritage of different places. I really liked this African Statue.

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  • Wildlife

    The park attracts a variety of wildlife, including lots of butterflies, birds, lizards and other animals. This includes rattlesnakes so be careful.

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  • Queen Creek

    Queen Creek runs through the park showing what a riparian area (an area with plentiful water in a normally dry area) is like.

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  • Quincho

    There is also a Quincho (pronounced Keen-Cho) which is a shelter made to get shade from the heat of the day.

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  • Picketpost House

    The impressive Picketpost House was built for Colonel Thompson. It sits atop a hill overlooking the arboretum. Please note that the trail leading to the house is very steep.

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  • Ayer Lake

    Ayer Lake is fed by several natural springs. You can see them bubbling up in the lake. The lake attracts a variety of birds, too. Nice observation area.

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  • Smith Center

    The Smith Center is a multimedia learning center inside the park. There are different displays and an indoor cactus garden.

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  • Cacti Part 3

    Many varieties of cacti spread thropugh the fruit they produce in the spring. The fruit ripens and paople or animals eat the fruit and spread the seeds.

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  • Cacti Part 1

    It is really interesting to me the many different forms of cacti there are. I didn't photograph the larger ones like the Saguaro, or the Prickly Pear because they are on many other of my pages; but here are several African varieties. Of special note are the ones from Madagascar. Like Australia, Madagascar has a unique environment.

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  • Demonstration Garden

    Another area of the park is the Demonstration Garden. It was designed by Professor Lee Warren and his graduate students and is beautifully laid out.

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Superior Sports & Outdoors

  • More Challenging Hike

    If you are looking for a more challenging hike, there is the .5 mile High Trail which is a steep trail leading up the ridge for a great view of the park. Hiking Shoes, a hat, sunscreen, weather appropriate clothing, and plenty of water. Maybe a hiking stick.

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  • Hike the Main Trail

    The Main Trail is a 1.5 mile loop. Parts of the trail are wheelchair accessible but definitely not all of it. Most of the main exhibits are handicapped accessible. There are other trails, like the Outback Walkabout Trail, that connect to the main trail. Decent walking shoes, a hat, sunscreen, weather appropriate clothing, water.

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