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Boyce Thompson Arboretum

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Address: 37615 U.S. Highway 60, Superior, AZ 85173
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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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The arboretum is endlessly interesting and particularly well cared for, seeming to have something new each time we go. The variety of plants from deserts around the world is... read more

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed yesterday NEW via mobile

The arboretum is endlessly interesting and particularly well cared for, seeming to have something new each time we go. The variety of plants from deserts around the world is fascinating as well as the local history of the arboretum itself. We plan to return many times, especially as a top place to take out of town visitors. Do yourself a... More 

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Phoenix, Arizona
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 5 days ago NEW

This is a fantastic trip to enjoy nature at its best and just one hour away from Phoenix. The Arboretum offers great trails and a large variety of trees and plants. It is very well kept and all the circuits have proper signals and reading material along the way. The views of the Forest, Mountains and Peaks including the Qeen... More 

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Thank Rafael P
Chandler, Arizona
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago

what a unexpected treasure in the desert ;-) friends told me about this, and since my parents were visiting, we tried to go here, and had an amazing time (full on sun). So much better then the desert botanic garden in Phoenix.

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Thank Hans J
Queen Valley, Arizona
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago

It is hard to see everything in just one trip. There are so many plants from different parts of the world - not just cactus of the Southwest - yet you can see all those different types as well. The Eucalyptus Forest is amazing and the Boojum Trees were a unique surprise. While walking along the 3 miles of trails,... More 

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Lakeland
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3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed December 9, 2016 via mobile

My rating is based on my dislike of desert landscapes, so if you love cactus/brown/hills, read another review. While it was a nicely laid out place with well marked plant signs, I would not go back.

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Ogden, Utah
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed November 27, 2016

Plants from all over the world, birds, butterflies, rockscapes, pond life - and watchable people. Start taking photos and you'll be here for hours. Just walk through and enjoy all the above and you'll still spend two or three hours here. We just walked - and we'll be back. With cameras. The only drawback was that some of the trail... More 

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Phoenix, Arizona
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed November 23, 2016

Passed it onto the way to Globe and when coming back to Phoenix decided to stop by. The fee to get in is 10 dollars which is not really worth it but they did need to money. The plants were beautiful, the weather was great, and it was very quiet. Many of the cactus had signs which was good and... More 

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed November 10, 2016 via mobile

While on a drive along Highway 60. Seen the signage foot the Arboretum. On way back to Phoenix, decided to stop. A very pleasant surprise. Plants from all over. Beautiful trails to walk. And beautiful scenery to enjoy. Also could not have had better weather. Will return as I did purchase the membership.

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Thank Tom P
Zoetermeer, The Netherlands
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed October 26, 2016

The prime purpose of the Arboretum is to collect and protect all the desert plants of the world. Of course the Sonoren desert takes first place. Its great to stroll around the main route (Takes about an hour) or get more involved and walk through all the other trails. There is a section of the main trial that is very... More 

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Raleigh, North Carolina
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3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed October 16, 2016

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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