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Boyce Thompson Arboretum

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Address: 37615 U.S. Highway 60, Superior, AZ 85173
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+1 520-689-2723
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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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Excellent facility. Interesting walks with themed area of various botanicals. Friendly staff. There was a 2 hour tour when we were there but we eventually decided to go alone... read more

5 of 5 bubblesReviewed 1 week ago
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Greensburg, Pennsylvania
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Indianapolis, Indiana, United States
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed yesterday NEW

Easy one and a half mile walk. A great way to take in some scenery up close and stretch your legs. Dog friendly. Well labeled specimens. Lots of photo ops.

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Prince George, Canada
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed yesterday NEW via mobile

Great facility. Gentleman at gate provided wonderful insight into park. Really enjoyed the displays from around the world.

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Indiana
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 days ago NEW

Well-maintained grounds. Pleasant, easy-to-moderate desert hike through interesting botanical specimens. Some parts of the trail are a bit rocky and do require step ups so not for the mobility-limited. Some very pretty desert views as well. Gift shop usu has desert plants to sell- from small pots to landscaping specimens.

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Woodbury, Connecticut
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago

A relatively easy 1.5 + mile stroll through a variety of well-presented desert plants complemented by unique rock formations and vistas. Friendly staff and a fun gift shop round out a pleasant visit.

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Greensburg, Pennsylvania
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago

Excellent facility. Interesting walks with themed area of various botanicals. Friendly staff. There was a 2 hour tour when we were there but we eventually decided to go alone. It's easily a several hour visit if your the plant type. Walkways are well maintained. The main loop takes you into the nearby mountains but was a comfortable walk and worth... More 

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Ft. Qu'Appelle, Canada
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago

The volunteers at the Arboretum do an excellent job of maintaining the facility and providing very knowledgeable and interesting tours of the various gardens vegetation, landscapes, history of the Thompson family and development of the Arboretum. Plan to arrive in the morning (the daily tour starts at 11:00 a.m.). There are no food concessions available (only coffee), so pack a... More 

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Vernon Hills, Illinois
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago

It's about an hour drive (almost all highway) from North Scottsdale, but well worth it. An abundance of succulents, trees, plants and a creek along three miles of mostly flat paved and packed dirt trails in this arboretum that set in the Sonoran desert about three miles west of Superior, AZ. Signs clearly mark the succulents, plants and trees you... More 

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Loudonville, Ohio
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago

A walk through the arboretum provides information on the plants and different trees that grow naturally in the area. It provides a nice walk and picture taking experience. Lots of benches are located along the way for people who need to rest. Do not know policy regarding dogs..

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Estes Park, Colorado
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

Wonderful arboretum of Sonoran and other dessert plants. The walk along the stream in the shade was great. If you love plants, it 's definitely worth the time

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Milwaukee, Wisconsin
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 weeks ago

When a volunteer at the Desert Botanical Garden suggested I might want to stop here, I thought "meh....I'm not all that interested in trees." But I was traveling to Safford and it was along the way so I stopped. I'm glad I did because I spent nearly 4 hours roaming the grounds, sitting in a little rose garden, visiting Australia... More 

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