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.

April is a fantastic time to visit before it gets too hot - lots of wild flowers in bloom. And the new pathways are beautiful.

This little hike is more fascinating than anything if you have a hankering for botany... it’s a very easy little loop. The arboretum is the only thing really keeping the town of Superior alive, sadly, so I would recommend checking it out.

It’s a beautiful easy hike. You can make it slightly more difficult by taking the high trail off the main trail. We were surprised to find out you had to pay entrance fee of $12.50 per adult to arboretum to access the main trail. Since it’s part of the arboretum it feels a little less like a nature hike than you find elsewhere.

Easy trail to hike with toddlers or older folks.

Beautiful hike with the kiddos. There is something for all ages. We went with a 15 year old, 3 year old and a 1 year old and they were all entertained. There was something to see around every turn. We will do this again.

This place as a bunch of different trail and you can not cover the whole thing in a day. I love the place!

Great condition to start hiking season. Easy trails good warm up for conditioning.

We volunteer at this park and walk the various trails twice a day. We absolutely love it here, with mostly easy trails, and a couple of medium.

Was really easy hike, especially with a two year old. Beautiful trees and scenery will definitely go again and next time bring a lunch and have a picnic.

Fun for all levels and all the family

Don't miss all the smaller trails also. Great park!

neat place

easy, gorgeous, we had a bit of water in queen creek.

Thursday, March 30, 2017

Discovered BTA three years ago when exploring the area for a future move to AZ. Fell in love with BTA! Close, easy, interesting, wonderful events, gentle hikes, entertaining & educational.

Monday, February 13, 2017

I really like the place. A must in the area.

Fun hike with the kids. Did the mountain trail to get great views!

Sunday, January 29, 2017

Great hike. Amazing views. Easy enough for four year olds.

Wednesday, January 25, 2017

It's not free, but it's a great easy hike to do. I like taking the high trail on the way back. Just go over the bridge.
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Loved this hike! What surprised us was it was $12 per adult and it was super busy! But totally worth it. We had our 3 year old and dog with us and they loved it!

Friday, December 16, 2016

I love BTA. Take a camera and take your time. Spring is amazing, but fall and winter are nice too. It's not unbearable in the summer if you get there early enough to be out before 9:30 or so.

Wednesday, December 14, 2016

Gorgeous park, has a little bit of everything. Trails not strenous for seasoned hikers but they are beautiful.

Sunday, November 20, 2016

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.

Saturday, November 05, 2016

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!

Sunday, January 03, 2016

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

Sunday, November 29, 2015

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.

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Sunday, June 07, 2015

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.

Monday, December 08, 2014

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

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