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Boyce Thompson Arboretum

#1 of 7 things to do in Superior Features Animals
37615 E US Highway 60, Superior, AZ 85173-5100
+1 520-689-2723
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Scorpion Night

The Boyce Thompson Arboretum...or as we call it at my house the BTA...is an absolutely wonderful... read more

Reviewed 2 days ago
Havre, Montana
A great place to hike around.

I had a good time walking around the Boyce Thomson Arboretum While I was there I found quite a few... read more

Reviewed 2 weeks ago
Darin O
Phoenix, Arizona, United States
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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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37615 E US Highway 60, Superior, AZ 85173-5100
+1 520-689-2723
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Reviewed 2 days ago

The Boyce Thompson Arboretum...or as we call it at my house the BTA...is an absolutely wonderful experience to visit. What makes this site so wonderful is all the different educational programs that they provide...from bird walks, butterfly walks, general history walks, comprehensive park walks, edible...More

Thank lkph48
Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

I had a good time walking around the Boyce Thomson Arboretum While I was there I found quite a few walking trails.

Thank Darin O
Reviewed 4 weeks ago

I have never been to a place where I heard so many people comment that they couldn't believe that this existed in this location. Boyce Thompson Arboretum is in a remote area but it is so close to the valley, It is a shame that...More

Thank _coopertohee
Reviewed May 30, 2017

I love arboretums and every time we travel together I point them out as we drive by. This time the stop was offered and planned! It was warm, with a nice breeze. It is large and has diverse plantings and sections. Everyone enjoyed it and...More

Thank burtNlaurie
Reviewed May 30, 2017

We went mid-week and there were very few people, so very peaceful and quiet. Stopped to talk with a gardener working on the new rose garden. Lovely. The buildings and history were also interesting. Easy walking paths. We will be back.

Thank betterontheroad
Reviewed May 29, 2017

This is a must stop on your travels in AZ. Don't miss the plant sale. Relaxing stroll, bring a picnic lunch and enjoy the day or stop in Superior to eat. The trails/paths are easy walking and even in the heat of the summer, this...More

Thank O2046HElindaw
Reviewed May 26, 2017

Boyce Thompson was a highlight of our trip to Arizona. It's surprisingly large and diverse, with many sections varying widely in character. And all the different sections are beautiful in different ways! Some of the gardens focus on desert plants from specific regions, while others...More

Thank Leon P
Reviewed May 25, 2017

This place is so great that we visited it 3 times in one month, and saw something different each time. After our first visit, we knew we had to take friends that were coming to visit us. Wear good hiking/walking shoes and bring water. We...More

Thank Lynn H
Reviewed May 23, 2017

This place is worth a visit due to its beauty and collection of plants. Dogs on leashes are allowed in the park. The trails are easy and have great views. You can definitely spend the entire day here. When we visited they gave out cookies...More

Thank Paige T
Reviewed May 23, 2017 via mobile

Boyce Thompson Arboretum is a slightly rugged, wild and wonderful Botanical Garden. May was too late to view most of the blooming wildflowers, but March and April must have been spectacular. The main trail is a pleasant two-hour leisurely walk, but there are many side...More

Thank Valerie J
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Raymond J
December 26, 2016|
Response from ArizonaStateParks | Property representative |
Yes, Raymond. Dogs are welcome at Boyce Thompson Arboretum, on a leash. The trails are great for dogs. They have plenty of shade and easy grades.
April 22, 2016|
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Response from Kristina S | Reviewed this property |
You do not need to take a tour, you can self explore. Even 1.5 hours would be ample time to enjoy your surroundings. Also if you have a dog with you, they are welcome on a leash and they have poop bags and water! Plenty of... More
November 20, 2015|
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Response from ArizonaStateParks | Property representative |
Winter is generally one of the busiest times of the year in Arizona. Boyce Thompson has a final Fall event this weekend, where all of the Park's trees have changed colors and will start to lose their leaves, so it's a very... More