The Boyce Arboretum is a must-see, especially if you love nature. The Arboretum has trails that lead by cacti, mountain cliffs, a desert lake, and majestic trees. The William Boyce Thompson Arboretum (that’s the full name) was established in the early 1920s. William Boyce Thompson, a copper mining baron, created the Arboretum as a major center for plant research. Currently, the Arboretum is operated jointly by a foundation set up by the late William Boyce, the Arizona State Parks, and the University of Arizona.
Over the years, the Arboretum has developed into a lush desert garden. The landscaped garden sits on 35 acres with paths throughout. There are plants and trees from around the world edging the trails. You will find many hiking trails to explore on the property.
The Boyce Arboretum includes several building on the grounds. The Smith Interpretive Center museum is inside a 1920 mansion that is now listed on the National Registry of Historic Places. A visitor center houses educational displays and an orientation room. The Arboretum also includes two greenhouses, which display hundreds of varieties of semi-arid plants. Plus, you will also find a gift shop where you can pick up something to try in your own garden. The gift shop offers cacti, succulents and water-efficient trees and shrubs. In addition, the shop has many books that will help you keep your new plant living once you get it planted.
You must plan on a one-hour stay. This will guarantee enough time so you can participate in all the parts of the Arboretum. You can also enjoy a picnic on the grounds in a shaded area. There are restrooms available too.
The Arboretum is open every day of the year, except on Christmas Day from 8:00 am to 5:00 pm. The admission is $x.00 and $x.00 for those ages 5 to 12. If you have questions, you can call 520-689-2821.
To get to the Boyce Arboretum from Phoenix take State Route 60 east out of town. The Arboretum is three miles west of the town of Superior. If you are coming from Globe or Miami, take State Route 60 west toward Superior. The Arboretum will be just before you get to Superior, off of State Route 60.