Nature Trail

Nature Walking Path at the Museum - showing circa 1900 photo of Weeks Ranch Cattle Round-upWell marked nature walks crisscross the areas surrounding the museum buildings, all located at the base of the West Wall of the beautiful Superstition Mountain….a one of a kind location.

The total walking distance of the Nature Walk is approximately 1/3 mile.

Photo Gallery from the Nature Trail:

Highlights of the walk are available in our nature walk guide (see below), which highlights the following plants and trees along the scenic walk.

  1. Chain Fruit Cholla - also called Jumping Cholla - Cylindropuntia fulgida
  2. Century Plant - Agave Americana
  3. Blue Palo Verde - Parkinsonia florida
  4. Giant Saguaro - Carnegiea gigantean
  5. Ocotillo - (okoteo) Fouquieria splendens
  6. Prickly Pear Cactus - Opuntia engdmannii
  7. Buckhorn Chollo - Cylindropuntia acanthocarpa
  8. Jojoba Bush - Simmondsia chinensis
  9. Foothill Palo Verde - (Spanish for green wood or stick) Parkinsonia microphylla
  10. Brittle Bush - Encelia farinose
  11. Triangle-leaf Bursage - Ambrosia deltoidea
  12. Ironwood - Olneya tesota
  13. Pincushion Cactus - Mammillaria microcarpa
  14. Teddy Bear Cholla - Cylindropuntia bigelovii
  15. Desert Mistletoe - Phoradendron californicum
  16. Fishhook Barrel Cactus - Feroocactus wislizeni
  17. Creosote Bush - Larrea tridentate
  18. Mormon Tea - Ephedra trifurca
  19. White Ratany - Krameria greyi
  20. Fairy Duster - Calliandra eriophylla
  21. Nurse Tree or Nurse Plant
  22. Engelmann’s Hedgehog Cactus - Echinocereus engelmannii
  23. Mesquite Tree - Prosopis velutina
Cover of the Superstition Mountain Museum Nature Walk Guide

Nature Walk Guide (.pdf, 552kb)


Superstition Mountain Museum Nature Walk Guide (.pdf, 552kb)
This (printable, 8½"x 14", two sided) nature walk guide handout is also available for free in our Museum Gift Shop. Additional links to each of the plants/trees are provided in this online version.