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Boyce Thompson Arboretum

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Address: 37615 E US Highway 60, Superior, AZ 85173
Phone Number: 520.689.2723
8:00 am - 5:00 pm
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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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A surprise in the desert

Well marked trails providing good and easy access to diverse habitats and a small canyon. There is plenty of shade, and benches, for when the sun becomes too much. There are a... read more

5 of 5 bubblesReviewed 1 week ago
Liverpool, United Kingdom
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Raleigh, North Carolina
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3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago

Pros: plants are signed in more than one location, lots of gum trees and shade in the lower portion of the main trail. Cons: for a state park, the map is extremely poor, hand-drawn and no scale - I believe that the state should have some Parks employees who would be capable of creating a proper map - it made... More 

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Liverpool, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago

Well marked trails providing good and easy access to diverse habitats and a small canyon. There is plenty of shade, and benches, for when the sun becomes too much. There are a variety of trails but we opted for the main loop which is mostly on the level with one sharp incline and a corresponding steady slope down to the... More 

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Jacksonville, United States
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago

My wife and I traveled the Apache Trail and stopped at Boyce Thompson Arboretum. It had more than what I expected and was excited with the way it was laid out and the walking trails. The small fee to get in was well worth it. We spent around 2 hours looking at the gardens with a plethora of plants and... More 

Thank Robin L
Ahwatukee, Arizona, United States
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 weeks ago

This is a wonderful state park that is not to far from Phoenix. It is a very easy walk through the park with enough detours on the trail to make it super easy or slightly more challenging for elderly patrons. We saw an amazing variety of desert plants and trees as well as copious amounts of butterflies! They were getting... More 

Thank Mary M
Tempe, Arizona
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 weeks ago

Great collection of Arizona flora. Nicely layed out and a fun place to walk around. You will get some excercise if you cover the entire arboretum.

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Phoenix, Arizona
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed September 12, 2016

Starting mid-October, the Boyce Thompson Arboretum is a must see. Desert vegetation from all over the world is represented, and the trail takes you through a beautiful riparian habitat. There are many interpretive signs, with lots of photo ops. This historic property has so many stories, but using your time as a way just to soak up the beauty of... More 

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Tucson, Arizona
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed August 29, 2016

Walked through the Arboretum, nice level wide paths. Most of the vegetation is marked making it easy to know what it is that you are looking at. Lots of shade and benches so you can sit and enjoy the scenery while you plan your landscaping for your home. Some of the plants are available for sale.

Thank Richard H
Phoenix, Arizona
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3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed August 22, 2016 via mobile

Lots of native AZ plants as well as plants from various southwestern locations. Pretty hikes, some are not stroller friendly (jagged rocks and narrow paths). Nice area to visit at least once, lots of walking paths. Children's garden for little ones to explore too.

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed August 19, 2016 via mobile

Excellent place to stroll and take in all the beauty the Southwest has to offer. It's a visual lesson of nature and history.

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed July 27, 2016

We took one of the tours, the lectureour was one of the best I have ever heard, wish it would have been in a a/c classroom as I could have listened to him for hours. It was a very hot day, but after the tour we walked all around the park, have recommended it to many and will go again.

Thank Barb H

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