Area Attractions

Boyce Thompson Arboretum State Park is one of the best reasons to visit this area, but there are many others — including The World’s Smallest Museum (less than five minutes’ drive east), the challenging Picketpost Mountain hike off the Arizona Trail, and a section of Highway 60 designated as an official scenic byway as drivers continue east of Superior towards the city of Globe.

Looking for a bed-and-breakfast, motel or campground to stay overnight? Want to preview local restaurants before you visit the Arboretum and our neighboring town of Superior? Our local Chamber of Commerce has thorough listings; additional links below include nearby places to dock your RV, pitch a tent beneath starry skies, and even to browse photo galleries of Arboretum images.

The following links are provided as a convenience only; they are not a recommendation of any product, service, or organization. Read our External Link Disclaimer for more information. Arizona State Parks maintains this list at its own discretion. Links will open in a new window and leave the Arizona State Parks website.

Superior Chamber of Commerce
Local menu restaurants guide and contact information for area motels.

Gilbert Water Ranch and Riparian Preserve
About 45 minutes west of the Arboretum, the Gilbert Water Ranch and Riparian Preserve offers outdoor recreation and excellent trails to enjoy migratory and resident birds. Education programs about bats, insects, plants and astronomy are open to the public.

Hike Picketpost Mountain
The Arizona Republic has a thorough article on file about hiking up to the summit of Picketpost Mountain, the dominant geographic feature which looms over the Arboretum. Follow the External Link to read more.

Gila-Pinal Scenic Byway Virtual Tour
Highway 60 proceeds up and through Queen Creek Canyon, just five miles East of the Arboretum's main gate. Take a virtual tour of the scenic drive — designated among official Arizona Scenic Byways.

Tonto National Forest Oak Flat Campground
Campsites are also available seven miles east of Boyce Thompson Arboretum at the scenic Oak Flats Campground of the Tonto National Forest.

Gold Canyon Golf Resort
Need a nearby hotel after your day at the arboretum? Gold Canyon Golf Resort is just 25 miles west of BTA and has 83 hillside casitas, many with private Jacuzzi room. Visit the website or call toll free (800) 624-6445.

Noftsger Hill Inn Bed-N-Breakfast
Guests will "sleep in class" and have breakfast in memorable style at the historic Noftsger Hill School Bed & Breakfast about 40 minutes east of the Arboretum in the historic mining community of Globe. To inquire about reservations, call toll-free (877) 780-2479

Copper Mountain Motel
Advertising "Your Vintage Vacation... whether traveling from Phoenix or beyond," the Copper Mountain Motel is just a 5-minute drive east of the Arboretum, located conveniently on Highway 60. Call (520) 689-2886 or visit their website.

Copper Cottages
Historic, tidy, small 1-bedroom homes, fully furnished, with safe and private secured parking, walking distance from the historical downtown Superior and perfect for a short getaway or extended stay. Call Mike at (480) 892-5505 or Steven at (480) 201-5313, or email [email protected].

Casita Azul B & B
Acclaimed local artist Charles Davison owns this eclectic, artistic lodge in Superior, about a five-minute drive from the Arboretum. Inquire about rates or reserve a room by calling Chuck at (602) 618-3055 or visit their website.

Related Links

Take a 360° Tour of the Arboretum
The University of Arizona, one of the partners in operating Boyce Thompson Arboretum, also hosts a website about the park.

Central Arizona Butterfly Association
Coordinates guided walks at the Arboretum and other State Parks and butterfly hot spots around Arizona.

Tammy Knight Photo Gallery
Arboretum scenes and galleries including a cute page of July 2006 “egg, tadpole, toad” pictures by the Arboretum's own Groundskeeper Tammy Knight. Tammy offers a singular “insider's view” of the collections, trails and seasonal color here.