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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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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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Beautiful scenery in the desert

If you want to see all the different types of cactus, plants and trees in the area, this place has it all! Beautiful, easy trails, benches for breaks, and a cool stream to cool... read more

5 of 5 starsReviewed 4 days ago
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 4 days ago NEW

If you want to see all the different types of cactus, plants and trees in the area, this place has it all! Beautiful, easy trails, benches for breaks, and a cool stream to cool you off! Nice gift shop and plenty of cacti for sale.

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St. Paul, Minnesota
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 4 days ago NEW

A beautiful 30 minute drive outside Phoenix, this arb is a pleasant day trip. There is plenty of hiking around Phoenix, what sets this apart is the intentional gardens and plantings. There are a couple of longer hikes and several shorter offshoots from the main path. The main path is wide and easy to walk on. Overall a beautiful place.... More 

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minneapolis
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 105 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago

A bit of a ways out of town but so worth the drive. Admission fee. Beautiful paths to walk and enjoy. The landscape is beautiful and very AZ. We thoroughly enjoyed ourselves. Bring your camera. Sweet gift shop. Small but nice. Well worth going to this attraction.

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Apache Junction
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 9 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago

The Arboretum is far more than just a collection of trees and plants. The trails are fun to walk (watch out for snakes). It was a pleasant surprise and I was glad that I finally stopped in and checked the place out.

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Sacramento, California
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 6 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

The arboretum is staffed by very friendly and helpful staff and the wonderful landscape is enhanced by knowledgeable tour guides. Tours are available for all kinds of things like medicinal plants, geology, wild flowers history and more. Pet friendly as well - added bonus.

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Highland Park
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 7 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 weeks ago

This arboretum dates back to the 1920's and has a large variety plant specimens native to Arizona and the southwest. Many are clearly marked with signs, some of which provide more detailed information on how the plant has been historically used, etc. There's a main path which circles the property and takes an hour or two to walk, allowing for... More 

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Litchfield Park, Arizona
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 14 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 weeks ago

We went in Jan. and it was still fabulous. The variety of plants is amazing and the backdrop of the rocks and canyon is unbeatable. Spring would have blooming plants but don't let the season put you off. If you like arboretums or botanical gardens, you'll love this one.

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Montreal, Canada
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed 4 weeks ago

A good spot to check out native plants. There are plants from other regions of the world that would survive in the same area. Nice to walk the paths and the information panels did a good job of explaining the plants and what they may have been used for by the local native population in the past. About 50 minutes... More 

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Phoenix, Arizona
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 4 weeks ago via mobile

We love this place. It's one of the prettiest places to walk in AZ. We always take the High Trail because it gives you great views as well as a cool trail with stone steps and a suspension bridge. You can spend hours here exploring all the different trails. There's a gift shop that sells snacks and there are picnic... More 

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Seattle, Washington
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed 4 weeks ago

We previously spent the day at Desert Botanical Garden in Phoenix back in late October, so I admit that I was wondering just how much different this place could or would be. Quite a bit different, to our surprise! At its core is a loop trail that goes around a small mountain. On the back side it follows Queen Creek,... More 

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