Location

Boyce Thompson Arboretum Locator Map

Elevation 2,400 feet   Fees

Contact the Park:
(520) 689-2811
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

Boyce Thompson Arboretum State Park

Winter Hours in Effect:

The park is open daily from 8 am to 5 pm, with the day's final admission at 4 pm, 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

Butterfly Walk at Boyce Thompson Arboretum State Park

April 25 - Butterfly Walk guided by ASU Professor Ron Rutowski

9:30am. learn about the life cycle of Pipevine Swallowtails, Queen and Monarch Butterflies while seeing the colorful insects around the gardens on a walk guided by ASU Prof. Ron Rutowski. Read more Here Geology Walk at Boyce Thompson Arboretum State Park

Saturday Wildflower Walk with Pat Pingel (season finale!)

10am. AZ State Parks volunteer Pat guides Saturday One O'clock Wildflower walks all month - moving to 10am on April Saturdays. Look for penstemons, lupines, purple bladderpod, desert phlox, apricot globemallow, London rocket, henbit and dozens more. Included with BTA daily admission of $10 for adults or $5 for kids (and at no charge, of course, with your annual AZ State Parks pass). See up-to-date inflorescent photos Here, and find statewide wildflower reports on AZ State Parks' RangerCam Here

 

Make-a-Terrerium Class at Boyce Thompson Arboretum State ParkApril 30 - Craft Workshop: Make-a-Terrarium

9am. $30-$40. Have a credit card ready and call 520.689.2723 to enroll. Create your own terrarium, an indoor garden, in a 3-hour workshop with artists-in-residence Vicki & Gerald. Materials included. Would your craft circle or other community group like to schedule this activity as a private group? Contact Lacey at lpacheco@cals.arizona.edu. Confirm event times at http://ag.arizona.edu/bta


MAY

National Public Gardens Day - Free Admission to Boyce Thompson Arboretum State Park on May 9, 2015May 8 - Friday National Public Gardens Day - FREE ADMISSION at the Arboretum.

6am-3pm. Please note that Hours at BTA return to the Spring-Summer schedule in May, and the garden is open from 6am-3pm daily. Verify specifics about the Public Gardens Day free admission coupon at http://ag.arizona.edu/bta

A LIzard Walk at Boyce Thompson Arboretum State ParkMay 9 -Saturday 'Lizard Walk' guided by Wild Man Phil & Steven Prager

8am. Sonoran Desert educator "Wild Man Phil" Rakoci and Arizona Audubon's Steven Prager guide a walking tour in search of Ornate Tree Lizard and Western Whiprtails, Desert Spiny and Side-blotched Lizards. Bring a camera for close-up pictures of these colorful little reptiles. See photos and read more http://ag.arizona.edu/bta

Plants of the Bible Walk at Boyce Thompson Arboretum State ParkMay 16 - Saturday Plants-of-the-Bible Land walk guided by Dave Oberpriller

8am. Pomegranates, figs, pines and palms are all plants referenced in scriptures -- they can also be seen in the gardens at BTA. See photos and read more HERE

A Geology Walk at Boyce Thompson Arboretum State ParkMay 23 - Geology walking tour with Scott McFadden (note 8am start time)

8am. Daily hours at BTA are 6am-3pm from May-through-September, and this tour moves to an 8am start time during summer months. See rocks and volcanic formations along our main trail on a guided tour that compresses almost two billion years of geologic history into just over one educational hour! Learn about Pinal schist, the  volcanic origins of Picket Post Mountain and the Apache Leap tuff. See photos and read more HERE

A Butterfly Walk at Boyce Thompson Arboretum State ParkMay 23 - Saturday Butterfly walk

9am. Central Arizona Butterfly Association volunteers Jan Harding and Laura Miller guide a walk in search of colorful butterflies around the gardens. Learn tips on how to ID them by color, patterns - and "host plants" essential to their life cycle. http://ag.arizona.edu/bta

Edible Plant Walk at Boyce Thompson Arboretum State Park.May 24 - Sunday Edible & Medicinal Desert Plants walk with Dave Morris

8am. Explore the Curandero Trail on this slow-paced guided walking tour, a one-hour walk where ethno-botanist and Choctaw Nation tribal member Dave Morris shares his knowledge about the ways native plants have fed, healed and clothed Sonoran desert peoples for more than one thousand years. **Please note: this tour explores the Curandero Trail, which has steep sections that are not suitable for visitors who use wheelchairs or walkers. http://ag.arizona.edu/bta


JUNE

A Lizard Walk at Boyce Thompson Arboretum State Park.June 13 - Saturday 'Lizard Walk' guided by Wild Man Phil and Steven Prager

8am. Sonoran Desert educator "Wild Man Phil" Rakoci and Arizona Audubon's Steven Prager guide a walking tour in search of Ornate Tree Lizard and Western Whiprtails, Desert Spiny and Side-blotched Lizards. Bring a camera for close-up pictures of these colorful little reptiles. See photos and read more http://ag.arizona.edu/bta

June 20 - Saturday Plants-of-the-Bible Land walk guided by Dave Oberpriller

8am. Pomegranates, figs, pines and palms are all plants referenced in scriptures -- they can also be seen in the gardens at BTA. See photos and read more HERE

A Geology Walk at Boyce Thompson Arboretum State Park.June 27 - Geology walking tour with Scott McFadden (note 8am start time)

8am. Daily hours at BTA are 6am-3pm from May-through-September, and this tour moves to an 8am start time during summer months. See rocks and volcanic formations along our main trail on a guided tour that compresses almost two billion years of geologic history into just over one educational hour! Learn about Pinal schist, the  volcanic origins of Picket Post Mountain and the Apache Leap tuff. See photos and read more HERE

June 28 - Sunday Edible & Medicinal Desert Plants walk with Kathy & Tom Mcdonald

8am. Explore the Curandero Trail on this slow-paced guided walking tour, a one-hour walk where desert plant enthusiasts Kathy & Tom McDonald share their knowledge about the ways native plants have fed, healed and clothed Sonoran desert peoples for more than one thousand years. ** Please note: this tour explores the Curandero Trail, which has steep sections that are not suitable for visitors who use wheelchairs or walkers. Read more http://ag.arizona.edu/bta


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