Simple Pleasures: Hiking the Arboretum

The Boyce Thompson Arboretum is enormous and the longest standing botanical garden in Arizona and establishment located west of the Mississippi. The arboretum originated in 1924 and can be found along U.S. Highway 60 just an hour east of Phoenix and only 3 miles west of Superior. It sits on 392 acres in the middle of the Sonoran Desert.

When you visit the Arboretum, you will pay a fee at the gate and walk by the gift shop. On tables and displays are a large assortment of cacti and yard decorations for sale. There are several trails for you to wander along while enjoying the beautiful garden. The main pathway is 1.5 miles and loops around the perimeter. Inside the park is a cactus garden, palm and eucalyptus groves, an Australian exhibit, South American exhibit, aloe and herb gardens. There are over 2,600 varieties of infertile floras from all around the world. Along with all the plants, there are many types of wildlife and birds roaming around the park. If you are ever in the area, you must stop by the Arboretum. You won’t regret it.