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


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Nearest Services: 3 miles

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Park's Speed Code: 4202#


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 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.

Park Event Calendar

Thursday, November 26: Thanksgiving Day

Please note Thanksgiving Thursday Hours are 7 am - 3 pm. Boyce Thompson Arboretum State Park open at 7 am, one hour early for visitors to walk the trails and enjoy the gardens on Thanksgiving Thursday, then closing at 3 pm, with the last admission of the day taken at 2 pm. Regular daily hours return "Black Friday" November 27, and both days of the holiday weekend: 8 am - 5 pm, with each day's last admission at 4 pm, so those final visitors have one full hour to walk the trails and explore the gardens.

Fall Foliage FinaleNovember 28-29: Fall Foliage Finale Thanksgiving Weekend With Live Music By Scott Schaefer

10 am - 3 pm. Chinese Pistachio trees at Boyce Thompson Arboretum State Park sport vivid seasonal colors from harvest gold to pumpkin orange and red each November for Arizona's Fall Foliage Finale, a full glorious month after the colorful aspen and maple leaves have already fallen and denuded trees of Arizona's higher elevation deciduous forests. Celebrate Thanksgiving at BTA — the park's open Thanksgiving Day and visitor are welcome to BBQ in thepicnic area; also open 'Black Friday' for all who prefer scenic gardens over shopping malls & doorbusters. Thanksgiving weekend brings our annual Fall Foliage Finale Festival with live music both days by Scott Schaefer (flute, didgeridoo, guzheng)' sometimes along with surprise guest accompanists (check his website for updates). Carry some cash for a cup of hot spiced cider, arts & crafts vendors both days of the weekend, with events from about No lunch plans? Bring cash Chef Eric & Terri of Tall Order Catering will be here Saturday with a choice of three savory, hearty soups: posole, roasted pumpkin soup, and tomato bisque - from $3-$5 (cash only). Watch this space closer to the eventL wood-fired pizza was so popular in 2014 that local baker Bert Archer may bring his trailer-mounted pizza oven back and serve made-to-order artisan pizzas for $15 cash one or both days of the event. For seasonal updates and reports on the Fall color as it progresses check our Facebook page External Link or call staff at 520-689-2723 during daytime business hours.

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

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



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