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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 plant lovers dream

We joined a wildflower tour which was led by a volunteer Pat who made it interesting despite the fact that wildflower so we're pretty well finished. She took time to point out... read more

5 of 5 starsReviewed April 14, 2015
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Aurora, Ontario, Canada
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 14, 2015 NEW

We joined a wildflower tour which was led by a volunteer Pat who made it interesting despite the fact that wildflower so we're pretty well finished. She took time to point out many other plants and give history of the arboretum. I highly recommend planning a trip around a tour. Even with the crowds. There were too many on our... More 

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Billings, Missouri
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 12, 2015 NEW

The Arboretum is a fascinating outing, with desert flora and fauna from desert areas all over the world. We couldn't traverse all the side gardens in one afternoon, so will return again. Dogs on a leach are allowed.

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Angola, New York
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 11, 2015

This entire arboretum is very well done and much larger then I expected. There are extensive trails thru several habitats that are well marked and labelled. Whoever planned and built this did a fantastic job. There is seating and restrooms available and the visitors center is large and modern. Highly recommend for gardeners and nature lovers.

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Newport, Rhode Island
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 9, 2015

What a beautiful place. We walked all around and really enjoyed it. The weather was perfect in April.

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Utica, New York
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 8, 2015

If you are the least bit interested in nature or geology, you shouldn't miss this place. Don't miss the guided tour either. There's way too much here that you won't see without a guide. The tour, however, takes almost 2 hours so don't forget your walking shoes/sunscreen/hat/water bottle. Most is flat terrain and there is ample shade. You can also... More 

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Chicago, Illinois
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 7, 2015

This is a quick 50 minute drive East of Phoenix. There are a variety of walks in this wonderful arboretum. We really enjoyed the "medicinal" walk that explained the uses of desert plants to treat illness. You can wonder on your own or join a group lead by a volunteer guide. Could be a half day or whole day experience.

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Phoenix, Arizona
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 5, 2015

With a photographer friend hoping to catch some dessert color. Boyce opens at 6AM this time of year due to the heat, so mornings are good. They close at 3. Everything doesn't bloom at the same time, so we were on time for something's, too early or too later for others. The trails are easy gravel and some areas are... More 

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Phoenix, Arizona, United States
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 4, 2015

Bring a picnic lunch and enjoy Arizona's beautiful weather roaming the grounds of the arboretum. This vast collection of over 3000 species is a magnificent attractant of native birds, wildlife, and butterflies. The ten dollar entrance fee is an inexpensive way to spend the day. Opt for the membership and receive admission and discounts in the gift ship and the... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 3, 2015

Spend a couple of hours or pack a lunch and spend the better part of a day. Go on your own or enjoy one of the volunteer guided tours. Most educational and enjoyable. Great photo ops ever around every turn. (Ask for Clyde, he works most Mondays)

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New York City, New York
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 2, 2015

Colonel William Boyce Thompson was not into the military. He was into mining, finance, 1917 Russia and plants and foods. The "Colonel" was an honorary title given to him by the Red Cross for his philanthropic work in Russia after the Revolution. Born in Virginia City and raised in Butte, Montana, where his father was the mayor, he moved East... More 

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