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Boyce Thompson Arboretum - 4 Things to Know Before Visiting

37615 E Arboretum Way, Superior, AZ 85173, USA

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About Boyce Thompson Arboretum

This is Arizona's oldest and largest botanical garden is located in the heart of the Sonoran Desert. Founded in 1924 as a desert plant research facility and “living museum”, the arboretum is located in the Sonoran Desert on 392 acres Over 2600 species of arid land plants from around the world grow at the arboretum.

Attractions Near Boyce Thompson Arboretum

Wallace Desert Garden
Wallace Desert Garden0.2km from Boyce Thompson Arboretum

This beautiful desert garden offers expansive views, creekside trails, and hundreds of plants brand-new to BTA. At 13 acres and with more than 5,000 new plantings, the addition of the Wallace collection moves Boyce Thompson Arboretum into the top tier of botanical gardens around the world. The main trail is wheelchair accessible.

Arnett Creek
Arnett Creek1.04km from Boyce Thompson Arboretum

Arnett Creek is a stream in Arizona, that runs through central Arizona in a part of the Gila watershed that sees year-round flows—a rare find in this arid state.

Picketpost Mountain
Picketpost Mountain2.45km from Boyce Thompson Arboretum

Picketpost Mountain is a stunning mountain that rises nearly 2,000 feet from the town of Superior. It resides in a very scenic part of the state between the Superstition Mountains and other beautiful ranges. It itself is not part of any specific range, but is nearly entirely surrounded by other ranges. The view across the valley from Superior of Apache Leap Ridge is incredible.

Queen Creek Canyon
Queen Creek Canyon4.96km from Boyce Thompson Arboretum

Queen Creek Canyon is found above the small town of Superior, AZ, about an hour's drive (depending where you start) east of the metro Phoenix area.Queen Creek and its many volcanic towers is the home of central Arizona sport climbing and bouldering. The rock is volcanic tuff and the routes go from deep-pocket pulling down to tiny-edge crimping, depending on the area.

White Canyon Wilderness
White Canyon Wilderness13.44km from Boyce Thompson Arboretum

The White Canyon Wilderness in Arizona, is managed by the Bureau of Land Management. A very large escarpment known as the "Rincon" is a prominent landmark in the southern end of the wilderness. Vegetation in the area includes chaparral variety as well as saguaro cactus typical of the Sonoran Desert that support a variety of wildlife such as black bears and mountain lions.

Montana Mountain
Montana Mountain14.02km from Boyce Thompson Arboretum

A beautiful mountain Summit in Pinal County Arizona. It is a very easy day trail for new off-roaders. There are just a few narrow shelf sections and occasional washouts but other than that there are not major obstacles.

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Pinal County
Pinal County
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Pinal County is in the central part of the U.S. state of Arizona. The county seat is in the town of Florence, home to the 1891 second Pinal County Courthouse, a noteworthy example of the American-Victorian style and 19th-century construction technology on the Southwestern frontier. Visitor attractions in Pinal County include Oracle State Park, Biosphere 2 in Oracle, Boyce Thompson Arboretum State Park near Superior, Picacho Peak State Park, Florence Townsite Historic District, and Casa Grande Ru