Nestled amid the breathtaking vistas of Superior, Arizona lies the largest and oldest botanical garden in Arizona: the Boyce Thompson Arboretum. This botanical wonderland, spanning over 323 acres, offers an unparalleled journey through diverse ecosystems, captivating landscapes, and a rich tapestry of plant life.
If you’re looking for an escape from the city and want to get in touch with nature, the arboretum is just close enough nearby, but far enough to get away from the hustle and bustle. With about an hour's drive from central Phoenix it makes for a fun weekend day trip!
Stepping foot into this oasis, visitors are embraced by an awe-inspiring display of flora. The Arboretum boasts a remarkable collection of over 2,600 plant species, showcasing the resilience and diversity of desert-adapted plants as well as specimens from varied climates and habitats worldwide. Towering cacti, vibrant wildflowers, and majestic trees line pathways, creating a living mosaic of colors and textures.
The arboretum mainly focuses on the Sonoran Desert, but there’s plenty more to experience here, including exhibits on the Chihuahuan Desert of New Mexico, Texas, and the Mexican state of Chihuahua, to the deserts of South America.
No matter what kind of group you are traveling with, Boyce is sure to make everyone happy. The kids will have fun exploring historic buildings, rope bridges, and rock mazes and hikers can spend hours out on the trails!
If exploring is up your alley and you are interested in seeing more of the Sonoran Desert, head out for UTV tour through the rugged wilderness!