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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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Beauty, exercise, educational and weekend entertainment

In the heat of summer you can walk under the cool shade of trees, Always something in bloom, from the cactus garden to the Australia trail. The High Trail a little more... read more

5 of 5 starsReviewed June 22, 2015
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Vienna, Virginia
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Vienna, Virginia
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 22, 2015

In the heat of summer you can walk under the cool shade of trees, Always something in bloom, from the cactus garden to the Australia trail. The High Trail a little more changeling but main path is wheelchair accessible and dog friendly ! They have dog bowls at drinking fountains ! Watch birds, enjoy quiet time or on weekends be... More 

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Phoenix, Arizona
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 9, 2015

We usually have a membership as we visit a few times a year, and we take out of town visitors. The cactus and succulent collections are great! There are even collections/walks with plants native to certain deserts, alongside the native Sonoran desert plants. The Australia section is always unexpected, and shady in the hotter time of day. The demonstration garden... More 

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Peoria, Arizona
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 10 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 2, 2015

We make sure to get to this place at least a couple times a year. It is about 90 miles from home, but worth the effort. It is a nice mix of shady trail, some elevations (the high trail is worth the effort, but not necessary). There is a nice gift shop and sometimes a plant sale is going on.... More 

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Milwaukee, Wisconsin
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed May 24, 2015

We visited the Boyce Thompson Arboretum in April and witnessed many of the desert plants in bloom. This is a great time to visit because it is warm enough to enjoy walking the many trails throughout the arboretum without getting too hot. Make sure you plan to walk lots and stop often to really experience all the differences in the... More 

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Phoenix
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 7 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed May 19, 2015

I'm not a big fan of natural wonders -- the only attraction I cared about was the history center -- but since my husband loves nature, I agreed to walk around with him. We spent a lot longer than I would've imagined possible and wound up actually enjoying it! Try choosing which kinds of plant/s you'd want in your home.... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 13, 2015

Great trail through the cactus and desert plants. Great place to stop in, especially if you love the outdoors and nature!

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Globe, Arizona
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 9, 2015

We have passed by this Arboretum many times on our way to Globe,Az and not once have we ever stopped.We never knew what we were missing! This is a definitely a jewel in the desert. There are many different assortments of plants, huge beautiful tress that offer shade among parts of the walking trails. Over all we had an awesome... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 5, 2015 via mobile

It was a very long drive from western Phoenix but was certainly worth the trip. The desert venue was wonderful. We walked the entire 1.5 mile loop on a relatively smooth path. There are some warnings that the entire loop's grade is difficult for handicapped visitors. Many of the cacti were in bloom and were labeled at least once. The... More 

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Wooster, Ohio
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 1, 2015

We were so impressed with our first trip where we walked through all the cacti and desert plant areas that we decided to go a second time and do the geology tour. Neither is to be missed and the geology tour got us into some hiking as well as enjoying the rocks. Allow yourself plenty of time to enjoy the... More 

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Phoenix, USA
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 29, 2015

Considering the day was overcast and occasionally rainy and that this park is quite a drive from Phoenix, I was surprised by so many cars in the parking lot when we got there. But the place is so big that our family was alone for a lot of the time. We spent 3.5 hours and saw most of it, and... More 

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Address: Address: 37615 U.S. Highway 60, Superior, AZ 85713
Phone Number: +1 520-689-2811
Location: United States  >  Arizona (AZ)  >  Superior

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