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Boyce Thompson Arboretum State Park, Superior, Arizona

Posted on January 24, 2014 at 7:10 PM

 Boyce Thompson Arboretum State Park, Superior, Arizona

Description: Boyce Thompson Arboretum State Park is a part of the Arizona State Park system and is located near Superior, Arizona. This vast outdoor plant and wildlife exhibition is the largest and oldest botanical garden of Arizona. Displaying the world's plants, cacti and trees. Boyce Thompson Arboretum is a pure botanical institution and was the first of its kind in the inter-mountain states. This State Park provides hiking trails, visitors center, restrooms, gift shop, wildlife viewing, several exhibits and special events with additional guided tours. The park has a well thought out area just for the kids. This area provides a treasure hunt, a small maze and a sensory perception activity. Truly fun for all ages. The trails offer something for everyone. The main trail is 1.5 miles long but if you're looking for a bit more terrain. Take the HighTrail across the Picketpost Mountain for a .5 mile exploration. Boyce Thompson offers NO camping and Day Use Picnic areas are first come, first served. If you like birds and/or butterflies(as a hobby or professionally). This is the place to see. Boyce Thompson takes great pride and has been recognized for having a wonderful variety of Arizona wildlife but also displays its devotedness to the Monarch Butterfly with an entire garden dedicated to them.  


Adult (13+): $10.00

Child (5-12): $5.00

Age 4 & Under: FREE


  • Picnic Area W/ Grill
  • Restrooms
  • Gift Shop
  • Day Use Ramada
  • Hiking
  • Kids Area
  • Wildlife viewing



Make sure to save most of a day, if you are interested in seeing most of the park. There's a lot to see and many places to stop, eat, and take beautiful photos. The Arboretum has shaded pockets of space but is mostly exposed to the elements. Be sure to bring lots of water, snacks, sunblock, sunglasses and a hat. There's a lot of dirt and wet wipes are never a bad thing if you plan to eat less dirt than food.  Wear comfortable shoes for the extensive walking you will do.

*If you're a serious hiker- make sure you get over to Picketpost Mountain. This area has a small passage of the Arizona Trail!! After you get your Arizona Trail photo, take the not-so-easy, non-technical, but sketchy scrammble to the peak and 'check the mail' on the summit.*

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Categories: Hiking, Travel

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