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Boyce Thompson Arboretum

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Address: 37615 U.S. 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 Photographer's dream

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... read more

5 of 5 bubblesReviewed 1 week ago
Ogden, Utah
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Ogden, Utah
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24 reviews
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago

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 1 week ago

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 

Thank Avery F
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 weeks ago 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.

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 

Thank Andy P
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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Liverpool, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed October 13, 2016

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 

Thank gerardty
Jacksonville, United States
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed October 13, 2016

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 

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Ahwatukee, Arizona, United States
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed October 3, 2016

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 September 26, 2016

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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