Swallowtail butterfly photo by John DeGrafft
The Boyce Thompson Arboretum is an Arizona State Park located at Highway 60 milepost 223 near the historic copper mining town of Superior, 55 miles due east of Phoenix.
Bring your own lunch: visitors are welcome to use the tables and grills shaded by trees in our picnic area. Please be aware of seasonal fire restrictions; call our staff at 520-689-2723 during daytime business hours to verify whether charcoal is allowed in our picnic area charcoal grills.
Most special events are included with paid admission
$12.50 for adults, $5 for ages 5-12.
Summer hours resume May 1 and continue through June, July, August and September. The arboretum is open daily 6 a.m. to 3 p.m., no entry after 2 p.m., so our final visitors each day have one full hour to enjoy and explore the trails and gardens.
Pictures From Our Past: Slideshow and History Talk, Sunday, May 6 at 10 a.m
Phoenix historian and author Sylvia Lee guides monthly walking tours, narrating nuggets of Arboretum history while placing her anecdotes in perspective next to 1920s structures, and the very first trees planted here. We’re excited to have Sylvia host another slideshow of vintage photos projected on our big screen. During an hour inside our air-conditioned Lecture Room, Sylvia will show images of vintage historic structures and arboretum gardens while sharing her behind-the-scenes knowledge from spending the past decade researching the history of Boyce Thompson Arboretum.
Butterfly Walk, Saturday, May 26 with Marceline VandeWater at 9 a.m.
Photograph and learn about Arizona’s diverse butterfly
Take a moment to scan the horizon above Picket Post Mountain, can you imagine cavalry soldiers camped in this region in the late 1800s?
species, such as the Empress Leilia, the Queen, and Spring Azure to name a few. Your guide, and regional butterfly expert Marceline VandeWater will lead guests on a leisurely, slow-paced tour down wheelchair accessible paths to explore our Hummingbird-Butterfly Garden, Demonstration Garden and Children’s Garden collections.
Ron Rutowski returns June 23 to guide our popular butterfly walks. He will also guide on July 28 and August 25.
History Walking Tour with Sylvia Lee Sunday June 2 at 10 a.m.
You may have walked through Arboretum gardens and trails a dozen times and never crossed paths with the Galapagos Tortoise pens. Take a moment to scan the horizon above Picket Post Mountain, can you imagine cavalry soldiers camped in this region in the late 1800s? Phoenix historian Sylvia Lee narrates this two-hour walking tour focused on the life and times of Colonel William Boyce Thompson, and his Arboretum. Sylvia’s tour repeats Saturday February 3, Sunday April 1 and Saturday June 2.
Learn Your Lizards - Summer Guided Tours June 9, August 11, September 8
Do you know the difference between tree ,side-blotched, and greater earless lizards? Can you easily identify their behavior differences and specie specific Sonoran Desert adaptions? Join us at the Arboretum for an Arizona Lizard workshop to learn all about numerous species that call the the desert home. Casa Grande based outdoor educator Phil Rakoci will guide event participants on a walk through the amazing Arizona lizard habitat of Boyce Thompson!
To read more Arboretum history; confirm event dates and times, go to azstateparks.com/boyce-thompson