Boyce Thompson Arboretum State Park is located in beautiful and scenic Queen Creek Canyon, three miles west of Superior. Natural resource developer and philanthropist William Boyce Thompson established the Southwestern Arboretum in the mid-1920s. The inspiration to create an arid-region arboretum sprang from a lifetime of fervent interest in things botanical, horticultural, and natural. It was specifically inspired by Thompsons visit to Russia during the terrible famine years just after the First World War. Thompson, who was a Colonel in the Red Cross, came to realize how profoundly dependent human beings are on plants. It was Thompsons fervent desire to do something to enhance mans symbiotic relationship with members of the plant kingdom. A man of broad vision typical of the expansive can-do times, Thompson along with the Arboretums first Director, Franklin Crider, fashioned a mission for the Arboretum that was vast and global in scope with economic utility and aesthetic appeal being of primary importance in accessioning material to the collection.

This place is gorgeous, well taken care of, and great for all ages (and your furry pals too) most the plants are labeled which was actually one of my favorite parts. The staff were incredible. Awesome place.

hiking
29 days ago

Nice trail for all levels. ..wear good shoes as the south trail is rocky. ..

Really great fairly easy scenic hike. Be sure to take the "high trail" which offers great views overlooking the arboretum. Wonderful time.

One of the most beautiful arboretum ever. More of a family stroll than a hike. A must see for any plant or bird lover!

Gorgeous-$10 a person is a little high to bring a group but very beautiful!

Great place to spend a couple hours when you want to get out of town without going on a long trip. The staff was very friendly and the trails are well maintained. They have lots of little sections with small trails to look at different plants or you can stick to the main trail along he outskirts. They also had a nice butterfly garden and pretty lake, where we actually took Christmas pictures one year. It was moderately busy when we went on a Sat in Nov. Dog friendly and we did see both a coyote and a tarantula while we were there. I'd love to go back soon.

The drive is very pretty and serene as you notice the rock formation changes. The arboretum is a beautiful location to just take a leisurely hike and enjoy all the plants and exhibits set up within. I was so impressed I became a member.

Good trails and beautiful this time of year with all the trees changing colors!

Gorgeous trail, easy walk, amazing views, highly recommend

Awesome family friendly place, we always take our out of state/country visitors here for a fun day out. Love the smell of the eucalyptus trees!

I love this place! Check the website before you go. There are always a lot of activities to participate in. Very friendly staff.

You could hardly call this a trail, but it is now one of my favorite places in all of Arizona. We left Phoenix early and stopped at the Buckboard Cafe in Superior. Then on to the park. The fee for a couple is a well worth the money, $18.00. Then off on the trail to see the deserts of the world. When we finished, I went back to the admissions booth and bought the year long pass, as I intend to return again and again.

nice well kept trails, lots of shade, short and easy, nice way to spend a morning looking at all the plants and flowers. don't have to be a hiker to enjoy.

Have not been to Boyce since the 90's loved it . Everything was always so well kept and beautiful think I'll take mom and dad with me this year.

nature trips
5 years ago

The trails are very well kept. Best time to go it early morning before it get too warm. Nice picnic area, be sure to pack the cooler. A GREAT family experience. We saw everything from waterfalls to bunnies, and wonderful gardens of herbs & native plants. Funniest thing we saw was them watering the cactus gardens.

hiking
6 years ago

Great place for those who are new to the Sonoran Desert or for those who have been here for some time. Enjoyed seeing and learning about desert plants from around the world, not just local to Arizona. The plants from Australia were particularly interesting to see. Would recommend going in the early spring/late fall or winter as this is open desert without much shade. Nice views of the surrounding desert. Really enjoyed the park and well worth stopping for a short visit if you're traveling between Phoenix and Globe.