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Boyce Thompson Arboretum

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A desert oasis

Finally got around to visiting this place, wish I hadn't waited so long. Very interesting history... read more

Reviewed yesterday
Chris L
Green Valley, Arizona
One of my most favorite places in the world

Well worth the short drive down the 60. A nice walk, not too strenuous and kids love it ( 3, 9, 11... read more

Reviewed August 13, 2018
Megan T
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“high trail”(34 reviews)
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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...more
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37615 E US Highway 60, Superior, AZ 85173-5100
+1 602-827-3000
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Reviewed yesterday

Finally got around to visiting this place, wish I hadn't waited so long. Very interesting history. Entire area very clean, well marked, easy walking except for the "High Trail." Fascinating variety of plants, lots of educational material. Staff very friendly and helpful. Plan on spending...More

Thank Chris L
Reviewed 1 week ago

Boyce Thompson Arboretum do not accept Arizona State Park pass anymore! I bought pass in February directly in THIS park, and now they dot let me in. They give $3 off for pass member. Admission fee is $15/person. I do not think I will go...More

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Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

My girlfriend and I enjoyed a beautiful and peaceful morning walk around the main loop. We brought our 7 month old puppy (they are dog friendly), who also handled this walk fine. About half of the main trail is shaded and the other half has...More

Thank PDXDevin
Reviewed 3 weeks ago

Bryce Thompson is 45-60 minutes east of Phoenix. It doesn’t have the polish of the Desert Botanical gardens in Phoenix, but that is it’s strength. Bryce Thompson is well maintained but not to the point of seeming domesticated. The plants exist in their natural wild...More

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Reviewed August 13, 2018

Well worth the short drive down the 60. A nice walk, not too strenuous and kids love it ( 3, 9, 11, 11, 12) We've been MANY times and never get tired of it there. Even when its hot the shade, trees and path is...More

Thank Megan T
Reviewed July 9, 2018

Perfect place to visit! Learn about plants, trees, and a little bit of history! If the creek isn't flooded, take the high trail for a different view of this place. Takes about 3 hours to get through everything. There's a little shop at the entrance,...More

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Reviewed June 18, 2018

Spent a nice half day walking around the Arboretum. I was nice with a walk with the talk about all the plants. So much to see up to Payson then down to Tonto National Monument. Drove over 300 miles but well wroth every mile. Will...More

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Reviewed June 18, 2018 via mobile

Spent a couple of hours here with my adult daughter this morning. It was hot, hot, HOT! It’s a comprehensive examination of the plants you might encounter in a desert environment, and not just local. We especially enjoyed the greenhouses with specimens from everywhere. The...More

1  Thank Susan B
Reviewed June 10, 2018

Boyce Thompson Arboretum (BTA) is a botanical jewel less than an hour from the Phoenix metro area. Desert plants from around the world, including towering trees and diminutive cacti, occupy streambed slopes, canyon shadows, and rugged desert rock formations. Between the diverse plants and sunburnt...More

Thank thomasdomek
Reviewed May 30, 2018

Be prepared to walk. It was unfortunate that the area has not received sufficient rain this season to allow the cactus to bloom properly, however what was blooming was beautiful. We spent three hours walking the trails and enjoying the variety of areas, from desert...More

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March 2, 2018|
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Response from Vicky T | Reviewed this property |
They are starting wild flower tours today at 1 pm. But wait until the middle of March for more of a show. We haven't had much rain this last year and only 3 inches since 2018. Weekends will have wild flower tours... More
Raymond J
December 26, 2016|
Response from ArizonaStateParks | Property representative |
Yes, Raymond. Dogs are welcome at Boyce Thompson Arboretum, on a leash. The trails are great for dogs. They have plenty of shade and easy grades.
April 22, 2016|
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Response from kristina s | Reviewed this property |
You do not need to take a tour, you can self explore. Even 1.5 hours would be ample time to enjoy your surroundings. Also if you have a dog with you, they are welcome on a leash and they have poop bags and water! Plenty of... More