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Nestled at the base of Apache Leap Mountain and surrounded by the picturesque Tonto National Forest, Superior is like no other place on Earth!

What makes Superior so unique is its geographic location. Situated along the "division line" of Arizona's three geophysical features, you can travel less than fifteen miles to the west of Superior and find yourself in the Arizona-Sonoran desert. Travel fifteen miles south and dive into the mineral-rich valleys and plateaus of Central Arizona. Go fifteen miles east and immerse yourself in the gateway to Arizona's majestic mountain ranges, complete with waterfalls and snow in the winter.


Press Release





August 20 and 21, 2016

The Superior Chamber of Commerce presents its Fifth Annual Prickly Pear Festival August 20 and 21, 2016.  “Sustainability and Edibility of the Desert” is the motto this year, bringing together folks who will share their expertise with the food and medicines that can be found in the Sonoran Desert.  The two day event will feature speakers on collecting and processing desert foods, as well as the medicinal qualities of the ubiquitous prickly pear; vendors who will be selling all manner of things prickly pear, from art, jewelry, clothing, housewares, soaps, treats, cookies and candies; other historical and recreational speakers who will be sharing secrets for enjoying the Sonoran desert under all its conditions; a Cactus Lounge with entertainment where prickly pear libations, such as prickly pear margaritas can be enjoyed; a pancake breakfast on Saturday morning with sausage and pancakes awash in prickly pear syrup; an early morning hike on the LOST Trail up Queen Creek Canyon; a mine tour by bus to see the new Resolution Copper Mine; an Edible Desert Dinner Saturday night with flamenco dancing entertainment; a Silent Auction with hand painted prickly pear chairs to benefit the local elementary school library; and on Sunday a youth fashion show and crowning of the Prickly Pear Queen.  Food vendors will be on Main Street as well as the local restaurants featuring their own prickly pear or cactus delicacies to enjoy.

This year’s event is sponsored by Resolution Copper Mine, Boyce Thompson Arboretum, Porter’s Café, Ray Federal Credit Union, Western Reprographics, Mid-State Pipe and Supply Co., KRDE, Random Boutique, McSpadden Ford, Smiling Dog Landscapes, and Anderson Rentals.

The event is free, with the exception of the Saturday evening dinner and entertainment.  Tickets for the Edible Desert Dinner can be bought by calling Nancy Vogler at 520-827-9461.  If you would like to participate as a Vendor call Nancy Vogler or click here to get a vendor application.

Please click here for the schedule of events.

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Prickly Pear Festival

Read More Superior proudly presents the fifth annual Prickly Pear Festival on Saturday August 20-21, 2016  This is the season when the desert blooms red with the succulent fruit, so if you want to learn how to use a new treat, join us for two days of fun!


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