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

5 of 5 starsReviewed May 13, 2015
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Milwaukee, Wisconsin
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98 reviews 98 reviews
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56 helpful votes 56 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed May 24, 2015 NEW

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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29 reviews 29 reviews
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7 helpful votes 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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West Palm Beach
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22 attraction reviews
54 helpful votes 54 helpful votes
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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33 attraction reviews
66 helpful votes 66 helpful votes
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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21 helpful votes 21 helpful votes
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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Clarkdale, Arizona
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66 reviews 66 reviews
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52 helpful votes 52 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 29, 2015

Really had a great visit, the trail flowing through all the plants was fantastic. Desert type plants from all over and so many in bloom surely made this a nice visit. A little too heavy on "Colonel and prominent PHD's" in the history building. More attention needed on the people who did the work load and the ones who really... More 

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Cloverdale, BC
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 27, 2015

if you like desert vegetation and cacti, you will love this natural outdoor arboretum. There is a fairly challenging trail through the park so wear sturdy shoes and be prepared for a hike, especially if you take the upper route. Many of the plants have signs with the Latin names and their indigenous locations. It takes at least 2 -... More 

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Arizona
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 27, 2015

This is kind of a hidden gem in Arizona. It's off the beaten path, about an hour east of Mesa AZ. It's the best desert botanical I've been to and well designed for maximum enjoyment. I highly recommend a special trip, plan to spend several hours. This trip we were there for 6 hours, and didn't even hike up on... More 

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