Boyce Thompson Arboretum Main Trail

Superior, Arizona

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Boyce Thompson Arboretum State Park has long been a favorite of valley residents and visitors. This unique sanctuary houses a wide assortment of plants, specializing in those typically found in deserts and other arid regions of the world. The arboretum was named for Colonel William Boyce, an incredibly wealthy and powerful magnate who lived at the turn of the 20th century. A typical traversal of the Main Trail ends up being somewhere between 2 and 3 miles in length with all the inviting detours. As you stroll through the plant displays, look for green numbered signs that identify correspondingly numbered plants on the park map. It’s a fascinating way to learn about the rich biodiversity of the desert around us.

Boyce Thompson Arboretum: Main Trail Professional Review and Guide

"Boyce Thompson Arboretum State Park has long been a favorite of valley residents and visitors. This unique sanctuary houses a wide assortment of plants, specializing in those typically found in deserts and other arid regions of the world. The arboretum was named for Colonel William Boyce, an incredibly wealthy and powerful magnate who lived at the turn of the 20th century.

A typical traversal of the Main Trail ends up being somewhere between 2 and 3 miles in length with all the inviting detours. As you stroll through the plant displays, look for green numbered signs that identify correspondingly numbered plants on the park map. It’s a fascinating way to learn about the rich biodiversity of the desert around us."

Activity Type: Hiking
Nearby City: Superior
Trail Type: Out-and-back
Skill Level: Easy
Duration: 2.5 hours
Season: Year-round; hot in summer
Accessibility: Dog-friendly
Local Contacts: Thompson Arboretum
Local Maps: USGS: Picketpost Mountain
Driving Directions: Directions to Boyce Thompson Arboretum: Main Trail

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May 2018