View fall foliage Thanksgiving day at arboretum

Take your Thanksgiving guests for a fall color walk at Boyce Thompson Arboretum, 37615 U.S. Highway 60 in Superior. The gardens and trails will open early, at 7 a.m. Thanksgiving Day, Nov. 26, for a brisk 1.5 miles around the main trail to burn calories before a seasonal feast.

The arboretum’s special Thanksgiving day hours will be 7 a.m.-3 p.m. to allow visitors time to enjoy fall foliage while also enabling the arboretum staff and volunteers who work that day to get home in time for dinner with families.

The day’s last admission will be taken one hour before closing; that’s at 2 p.m. on Thanksgiving day.

Regular daily hours return Friday, Nov. 27, for all who prefer scenic gardens over shopping malls and doorbusters.

On Nov. 28-29, musician Scott Schaefer will perform as part of the fall foliage finale weekend. Chinese Pistachio trees sport vivid seasonal colors from harvest gold to pumpkin orange and red each Thanksgiving. Visitors may view a full glorious month after the colorful aspen and maple leaves have already fallen in Arizona’s mountain elevation forests. Foliage usually peaks from Nov. 25-Dec.5.

In addition, some traditional fall foods and beverages will be available for purchase that weekend. Chef Eric and Terri of Tall Order Catering will have a big pot of savory posole on Friday during the lunch hour and will offer other soup choices such as roasted pumpkin soup, tomato bisque on Saturday for $3-$5. Only cash will be accepted.

There also will be arts and crafts vendors both days of the weekend, with events offered 10 a.m.-3 p.m.

For seasonal updates and reports on the fall color as it progresses, visit BTA’s website: ag.arizona.edu/bta.

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