As autumn sweeps across the rugged beauty of the Sonoran Desert, there’s no better time to uncover the hidden gem that is Superior, Arizona. With a blend of history, natural wonders, and culinary delights, this picturesque small town promises an unforgettable fall experience that should top your travel list.

Begin your adventure at the renowned Boyce Thompson Arboretum, where the vibrant fall foliage paints the landscape in hues of gold and crimson. Stroll through meticulously curated gardens showcasing rare plant species from around the world.

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Superior’s historic downtown invites you to step back in time. Meander through its charming streets to explore the variety of shops and take a self-guided mural tour. A great way to experience the budding art scene is to try to find all 27+ murals painted on downtown buildings while making stops in art galleries along the way. 

Get LOST in Superior on the Legends of Superior Trail. The L.O.S.T. Trail is an 11.65 mile-long trail for hiking, biking, and equestrian recreation that wind 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.

After a long day of exploring attractions and perusing downtown shops fuel up in one of Superior’s locally-owned food and drink establishments. Here you’ll find expertly smoked meats that melt in your mouth to towering sandwiches bursting with the freshest ingredients, the options are as diverse as they are delectable. While you dine, sip on carefully crafted patio cocktails or indulge in wine tasting sessions that awaken your palate. And, as the perfect sweet finale, savor heavenly, freshly baked desserts and ice cream that will leave you longing for more. 

While you are adventuring in and around Superior, don’t forget to carve out a moment to stop and savor the beauty of a magic hour sunset. As the sun quietly descends behind the desert terrain, the sky comes alive with a kaleidoscope of warm hues, casting a spellbinding glow over Superior. Whether you find yourself at Boyce Thompson Arboretum, the historic downtown, or any of its charming spots, taking a pause to watch the sunset is an essential part of your Superior experience. Let the breathtaking sunset be the perfect punctuation mark to your unforgettable journey through Superior this fall.

Boyce Thompson Arboretum walkers in yucca forest. (Photo ©DogCatMouseMedia)