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.

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!

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

10 months ago

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.

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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!

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Sunday, January 29, 2017

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

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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.
click on this to see a short video of the arboretum: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ti-qahSatR4&t=24s

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!

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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.

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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.

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Saturday, November 05, 2016

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

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