Monday, April 2, 2018

Boyce Thompson Arboretum State Park

Boyce Thompson Arboretum State Park is Arizona's largest botanical park.  It covers 323 acres and features desert plants and collections from Australia, Africa, Asia, the Mediterranean, and South America.  Visitors will see mountain cliffs, a hidden canyon, and a desert lake.  There are three miles of paths and trails for those who like to hike.  Guided wildflower and bird watching walks are also available.  If you go, look for "Mr. Big" - a massive red gum eucalyptus in the Australian collection which stands over 140 feet tall!

The Park is open daily from 8:00 AM to 5:00 PM.  Cost of admission is $8.00.


  1. I bet a big suggestion is do not go in the summer time - the heat must be horrific....
    The park looks pretty neat!

    1. If you do go in the summer, you'd need to bring a lot of water!

  2. That sounds like it would be a beautiful place to hike at!

  3. Hi Sherry - interesting and yes the comment about being very aware of the summer heat. Fascinating to be able to see the different plantings though = cheers Hilary