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Boyce Thompson Arboretum

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Address: 37615 U.S. Highway 60, Superior, AZ 85713
Phone Number: +1 520-689-2811
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Activities: Walking
Description: Boyce Thompson Arboretum is located in the heart of the Sonoran Desert...
Boyce Thompson Arboretum is located in the heart of the Sonoran Desert, just one hour east of Phoenix, Arizona. Three miles of garden paths and trails wind through 392 acres of plant exhibits and striking landscapes. Over 2,600 different types of plants from the deserts of Australia, North and South America, southern Africa, and other arid-land regions of the world blend seamlessly into an incomparable natural setting. Nestled along Queen Creek at the foot of Picketpost Mountain, the Arboretum is a haven for plant lovers, photographers, birders, and nature enthusiasts of all ages.
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A Desert Jewel

If you are in the Phoenix/Tucson area this tucked away jewel is a MUST. We were recently there and the plethora of blooming cacti, delightful hummingbird display, well groomed... read more

5 of 5 starsReviewed March 23, 2015
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Shoreview, Minnesota
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Shoreview, Minnesota
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12 reviews 12 reviews
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13 helpful votes 13 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 23, 2015 NEW

If you are in the Phoenix/Tucson area this tucked away jewel is a MUST. We were recently there and the plethora of blooming cacti, delightful hummingbird display, well groomed natural trails, butterflies, and all around beauty was almost bewitching. The cost is only $10.00 and they offer free guided tours if you so choose. Truly a worthwhile stop.

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Cocoa
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11 helpful votes 11 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 21, 2015 NEW

My husband and I stopped here on our way to Tucson. We were immediately enchanted by the numerous hummingbirds and interesting plants. The park is large enough to contain a variety of features, and elevation changes make for a fun walk. It is worth the drive from Phoenix and the $10 entry fee. We had lunch in nearby Superior at... More 

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Salem, Oregon
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 19, 2015

We visited Boyce Thompson Arboretum the middle of March. The entry fee is $10. We elected to be in a 'guided tour' which left from the visitor center. The docent was a volunteer. We learned the geological history of the region - the volcanic activity which created the area and we learned about Boyce Thompson. As we walked the paved... More 

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Bakersfield
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 19, 2015 via mobile

The grounds are breathtaking with cactus mingling with beautiful wild flowers and birds and butterflies of all sorts. Bring your camera, a walking stick, and a picnic lunch. Lovely trails , amazing plants-just go you will be amazed!

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Seattle, Washington
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 19, 2015

About an hour east of Phoenix, and well worth the drive. Nice little hike through the desert with many spectacular views. Lots of cacti, ravines and mountains. Even has a lake and sometimes a little stream. The hike is not flat, but it is not at all strenuous.We got our $10 worth for sure.

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Cave Creek, Arizona
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 17, 2015 via mobile

We recently visited the arboretum with friends and had a wonderful time. I'm not sure if it's this way every day, but they had a large variety of specimen plants on display and for sale near the entrance when we were there. The walkways in the arboretum were easy to negotiate. And there were so many native and other plants... More 

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Phoenix, Arizona
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 17, 2015

A short drive from Phoenix, an excellent place to learn about the plants and cacti you see. Various trails to hike, a hat and water, good walking shoes is all you need. They have Docent led walks or on your own, excellent for scout groups, school groups. Hummingbird garden, with lots of hummers and other birds. You can also bring... More 

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Pueblo, Colorado, United States
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed March 17, 2015

This is a beautiful park that we visits very times everytime we are in Apache Junction. Take your dog, water and snacks and enjoy a leisury walk through the Australian Walkabout , the hummingbird gardens', the legume gardens and the herb gardens. We didn't takeaway the High Trail and still had a nice bit of exercise. Snacks at the gift... More 

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York
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128 helpful votes 128 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 17, 2015

If you want an easy escape from the city with a cross-section of desert flora, Boyce Thompson is a perfect destination. The botanical zones are uniquely different from one another - we loved the medicinal plants, in particular. And you can stretch your legs on the two-mile High Trail which takes you through around interesting rock formations and through the... More 

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Phoenix
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20 helpful votes 20 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 15, 2015

Boyce Thompson Arboretum is a magical place. Like the Desert Botanical Gardens in Phoenix (also extraordinary), the Arboretum has beautiful displays of desert plants. But the (sometimes flowing) river and the huge rock structures give it a different, more rugged, feeling. Their annual spring plant sale is wonderful. In Spring, it is a beautiful drive from Phoenix to the Arboretum,... More 

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