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Boyce Thompson Arboretum

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Address: 37615 E US Highway 60, Superior, AZ 85173
Phone Number: +1 520-689-2811
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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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Great Day Trip from Phoenix

Boyce Thompson Arboretum is an AZ state park. Approximately 60 miles east of Phoenix on U.S. 60 near Superior. Walking required over about a 1.5 mile circular route. Other walking... read more

5 of 5 starsReviewed 6 days ago
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Scottsdale, Arizona
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Scottsdale, Arizona
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 6 days ago NEW

Boyce Thompson Arboretum is an AZ state park. Approximately 60 miles east of Phoenix on U.S. 60 near Superior. Walking required over about a 1.5 mile circular route. Other walking paths lead to more plants, trees, and wildlife. Unless you're a full-on horticulturist or photographer, one to one and a half hours should suffice to see a cool selection of... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago

This treasure is up in the mountains however not always cool, we went and the temps were high. We did see some but left early due to heat and the traveling companion could not take it (since he was from Chicago). I loved the gardens, much shade, many paths, lots of plants to buy and some artwork to look at... More 

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Superior, Arizona
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 weeks ago

It is a nice place to walk and enjoy the plants... They also have some fantastic plant sales from time to time. It is worth a visit should you be in the area.

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Peoria, Illinois
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 26, 2016 via mobile

There's a little bit for everyone at BTA. Gardens, well-marked vegetation, hiking trails (not too long). Lots of benches along the trails for those who need to take breaks when they walk/hike. There are several gazebos that contain great info about the founder of the Arboretum, native plants, animals, etc. You can stroll along level paths, or take a short... More 

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Gold Canyon, Arizona
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 21, 2016

Very cool place to learn about plants of the Sonoran Desert and a great place to take out of town guests. Lots of guided walks and member only activities.

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Vancouver, WA
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 3, 2016

We recently visited the Boyce Thompson Arboretum for the first time and it was simply amazing for anyone that loves to see different species of desert plants and the birds and butterflies that visit many of these plants.

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Gold Canyon, Arizona
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 3, 2016 via mobile

This is a beautifully well maintained park filled with desert plants and trees that provide a park like setting surrounded by mountains! Being new to Arizona I was pleasantly surprised by the desert beauty and intrigued with the variety of vegetation. A bonus are the walking trails and picnic areas. It is $10 per adult to gain entry or if... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 25, 2016 via mobile

Price was $10 and well worth it. They even have a nice picnic area. The walk is just a little over a mile. We were amazed that we seen lillies growing there.

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Scottsdale, United States
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 24, 2016

My husband and I enjoy coming here regularly. It is about an hour away from Scottsdale, but well worth the drive. The gardens are beautiful and thoughtfully planned. There are also sections that represent vegetation from different areas in the world including South America and Australia. Today we tried the "high trail" and were rewarded with incredible views. It was... More 

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Colorado Springs, Colorado
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 20, 2016

I had not visited the Arboretum before and we were happy we took the guided tour! The information from the guide along with sampling some of the edible plants made the experience very enjoyable. The cactus were blooming and it was very beautiful. The variety of plants and trees from around the world are impressive! Highly recommend visiting here!

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