by Mila Besich, Mayor, Town of Superior
As America and Arizona prepare for a “reopening” of modern-day life, work and business, in Superior we, too, have advanced our plans for the resumption of social and economic activity.
Superior’s small-town, neighborly values have strengthened our community’s resolve to remain focused on what makes us a special community. Throughout our entire storied history, Superior has been a community where people care about one another — longtime, multigenerational residents as well as newcomers.
Perhaps one of the things we treasure most about our community, in addition to our neighbors and fellow citizens, is our surrounding natural beauty, which has afforded all Superiorites and Arizonans the ability to connect with nature, get exercise and experience wide open spaces.
As one of Pinal County’s most important outdoor recreational destinations, Superior is nestled at the base of Apache Leap Mountain in the high desert and is surrounded by the Tonto National Forest, the fifth largest national forest in the U.S., covering close to 2.9 million acres extending north from Superior to the Mogollon Rim.
Throughout the entire coronavirus shutdown Superior’s spectacular natural environment has been “open for business.” Renowned nationally and internationally as a destination outdoor recreation mecca, Superior’s wealth of outdoor recreational opportunities has provided enthusiasts with spaces that support safe and wholesome physical activity with the room to respect social distancing.
The area surrounding Superior offers a diversity of climate zones from desert vistas to mountainous areas with snow and waterfalls. This stunning natural landscape creates the perfect setting for such recreational activity as hiking, camping, birding, hunting, biking and other outdoor pursuits.
Three local segments of the Legends of Superior Trail (LOST) were recently completed, making Superior an Arizona Trail Gateway community. The popular 800+ mile Arizona Trail crosses through Superior on its route across Arizona from the Utah border and the Grand Canyon to the Mexican border.
Superior also is proud to be home to the internationally acclaimed Boyce Thompson Arboretum, where a stroll through the gardens can envelop you in the beauty of nature and give you a glimpse of deserts from faraway lands like Australia, Madagascar, India and many other places.
Created in 1924 by William Boyce Thompson, a mining magnate with a fascination for plant protection, this Arboretum is the largest and oldest botanical garden in the state of Arizona. Visitors are able to access the park via reservations by calling 520-689-2723.
As we all move forward in unison to restore our personal, professional, work and business lives and livelihoods, I invite you to visit Superior and experience firsthand the majestic and restorative beauty of our town. You will be warmly welcomed to our community, and we look forward to seeing you soon.
Photo by Mayor Mila Besich