Location

Boyce Thompson Arboretum Locator Map

Elevation 2,400 feet   Fees

Contact the Park:
(520) 689-2723
Boyce Thompson Arboretum SP
37615 U.S. Hwy 60
Superior, AZ 85273

Facilities

Visitor Center Restrooms Gift Shop Exhibits Group: Day Use Areas Picnic Areas/Shelters Hiking Trails Wildlife Viewing

Nearest Services: 3 miles

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511 Speed Code

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Park's Speed Code: 4202#

Fees

Park Entrance Fees:
Adult (13+): $10.00
Child (5-12): $5.00
Age 4 & Under: FREE



Fall Hours are in Effect:

The park is open daily from 8am. to 5pm., with the day's final admission at 4pm., one hour before closing time so the last-admitted guests of the day have a full hour to explore the gardens and trails.

Boyce Thompson Arboretum Video Tour

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A variety of plants from the world's deserts await you at Boyce Thompson Arboretum State Park.

Boyce Thompson Arboretum State Park is the place to discover the intricate beauty and many faces of Arizona's oldest and largest botanical garden. Featured are plants from the world's deserts, towering trees, captivating cacti, sheer mountain cliffs, a streamside forest, panoramic vistas, many natural habitats with varied wildlife, a desert lake, a hidden canyon, specialty gardens and more.

The Arboretum was founded in the 1920s by mining magnate Col. William Boyce Thompson. In 1917 Col. Thompson served as co-leader of a Red Cross mercy mission to Russia, where he came to understand the importance of plants as the ultimate source of a large portion of mankind's food, clothing, and shelter. It was then, that he determined to use his great wealth to improve the use of plant resources. The Arboretum is one of his legacies.

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Encompassing 323 acres, the Arboretum is Arizona's oldest and largest botanical garden. It was the first purely botanical institution in the inter-mountain states. The Arizona State Parks Board entered into agreement with the Boyce Thompson Arboretum Board and the University of Arizona in 1976 to cooperatively manage the Arboretum.

Event Calendar

Look for Boyce Thompson Arboretum events on the Master Calendar of Events (Next)

 

The University of Arizona also maintains a website for this park, with additional park information and photos. Learn more. External Link

EVENTS

November 13: Guided Bird Walk with Troy Corman (again Nov. 19 with Cynthia & Pete)

8:30am. Year-round resident Northern Cardinals were among dozens of species seen and heard around the gardens this week at Boyce Thompson Arboretum State Park. See vivid cardinals and more on a bird walk starting at 8:30am.; future bird walks are Nov. 19 guided by Cynthia Donald and Pete Moulton – then Nov. 27 with Cindy West & Cindy Marple). Recent bird sighting checklist are posted at http://cals.arizona.edu/bta/

November 19: Guided Bird Walk with Cynthia & Pete (again Nov. 27 with Cindy & Cindy)

8:30am. Year-round resident Northern Cardinals were among dozens of species seen and heard around the gardens this week at Boyce Thompson Arboretum State Park. See vivid cardinals and more on a bird walk starting at 8:30am.; another bird walk is schedule Nov. 27 guided by Cindy West & Cindy Marple. Recent bird sighting checklist are posted at http://cals.arizona.edu/bta/

November 27: Guided Bird Walk with Cindy West & Cindy Marple

8:30am. Year-round resident Northern Cardinals were among dozens of species seen and heard around the gardens this week at Boyce Thompson Arboretum State Park. See vivid cardinals and more on a bird walk starting at 8:30 am; another bird walk is schedule Dec. 3 guided by Marceline VandeWater. Recent bird sighting checklist are posted at
http://cals.arizona.edu/bta/

November 27: Edible & Medicinal Sonoran Desert Plants Walk with Dave Morris

1:30pm. Walk the Curandero Trail on a slow-paced, leisurely tour guided by David Morris, an ethno-botanist and member of the Choctaw nation, a desert plant enthusiast who explains ways prickly pear cacti, ratany, agaves and jojobas have fed, healed and clothed Sonoran desert peoples for more than one thousand years. This tour repeats Saturday Dec. 10 with Kathy & Tom McDonald as our guides. From October-through-April the Fall-Winter schedule resumes Arboretum daily hours are 8am.-5pm. ** Please note: this guided tour explores the Curandero Trail, which has steep sections that are not suitable for visitors who use wheelchairs or walkers. Confirm event times and read more
http://cals.arizona.edu/bta/

December 3: Guided Bird Walk with Marceline VandeWater

8:30am. Year-round resident Northern Cardinals were among dozens of species seen and heard around the gardens this week at Boyce Thompson Arboretum State Park. See vivid cardinals and more on a bird walk starting at 8:30am.; another bird walk is schedule Dec. 11 guided by Anne Leight & Kathe Anderson. Recent bird sighting checklist are posted at http://cals.arizona.edu/bta/

December 3: ‘Coming to Your Senses’ Master Gardener Workshop

11am. Green-thumbed volunteers from Pinal County's Superstition Mountain Master program continue informal once-a-month Saturday morning outdoor workshops with “Coming to Your Senses” . Have you grown a daisy that smells like chocolate or a plant that sounds like a rattlesnake? Join us in planning a garden using plants that evoke the senses and learn to create your own special sensory collage. Workshops resume February 4, 2017, with ‘Fruits of Your Labor’ explaining how, ever since man first tasted the apple, luscious fruit has become essential to our diet. In Arizona we can grow apples, oranges, lemons, peaches, figs, plums, apricots, pomegranates and more in our backyards and even patios! Make your desert garden more “fruitful.” Confirm event times and read more http://cals.arizona.edu/bta/

December 3: Main Trail Guided Walking Tour

11am. Arizona State Parks Volunteer Jim Shepherd guides a walk showcasing the beauty of Arizona's oldest Arboretum, nestled against Picket Post Mountain. See plants and trees from around the world, with an emphasis on flora of the Sonoran Desert. Jim narrates a brief history of the park, its famous founder, and Thompson’s magnificent famous mansion on a ridge of volcanic rock. Tours depart from the visitor center at 11:00 am and are included with daily admission $10 -- free to BTA annual members, and also free if you have an Arizona State Parks pass. Confirm event times and read more http://cals.arizona.edu/bta/

December 4: Sunday History Walk

10am. You may have walked the main trail a dozen times and never crossed paths with the Galapagos Tortoise pens. Take a moment to scan the horizon above Picket Post Mountain, can you imagine cavalry soldiers camped in this region in the late 1800s? Phoenix historian Sylvia Lee narrates a walking tour that includes the life and times of Colonel William Boyce Thompson and his Arboretum. Confirm event times and read more http://cals.arizona.edu/bta/

December 11: Guided Bird Walk with Anne & Kathe

8:30am. Year-round resident Northern Cardinals were among dozens of species seen and heard around the gardens this week at Boyce Thompson Arboretum State Park. See vivid cardinals and more on a bird walk starting at 8:30 am and guided by Anne Leight & Kathe Anderson. Recent bird sighting checklist are posted at http://cals.arizona.edu/bta/


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