Boyce Thompson Arboretum State Park RV & Campground Guide


Boyce Thompson Arboretum State Park became Arizona's first nonprofit research institution in 1927, and it opened to the public in 1929. This 392-acre garden at the base of Picketpost Mountain in the Sonoran Desert contains more than 2,500 species of plants from around the world. You will discover several ways to explore this arboretum, including hiking along a 1.5-mile path that runs through a cactus garden and palm and eucalyptus groves as well as an herb garden. You may feel like you have gone on a world gardening tour when you visit Boyce Thompson Arboretum State Park, including spending extensive time in South America and Australia, without leaving the confines of this park that is located about an hour's drive east of Phoenix near Superior.

You are likely to encounter dry conditions with an average daytime high in the upper 60s Fahrenheit during the winter and around 100 degrees during the summer. You may want to plan several camping adventures to this state park as it is constantly changing with wildflowers blooming in the spring, the cacti garden putting on a beautiful show in the summer and many trees showing off their colorful leaves in the fall.

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Spring 48 - 86F
Summer 72 - 98F
Fall 51 - 93F
Winter 43 - 70F
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Nearby Cities
Phoenix, Arizona
Tucson, Arizona
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RV Resorts & Campsites in Boyce Thompson Arboretum State Park

Camping in an RV near Boyce Thompson Arboretum is a fantastic way to experience all that this state park has to offer throughout the year. If you do not have your own RV, you can find a rental to fit your lifestyle, budget and number of people on RVshare.

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What to Do at
Boyce Thompson Arboretum State Park

At this state park, you will love seeing plants from around the world, and the staff makes it easy to learn about different plants because many have signs near them to identify what species of plant you are seeing.

Inside Boyce Thompson Arboretum State Park

You can explore the 3-acre cactus garden from its winding path, go hiking on the Chihuahua Trail or one of its spur trails, smell the fragrant plants in the herb garden and see roses in the heritage rose garden. Many times throughout the year, this state park hosts experts who teach about medicinal plants and how to use them. You may also want to sit for a spell at Ayer Lake, wander through the eucalyptus forest containing the largest red gum eucalyptus trees in the United States and see the reptiles that call Magma Ridge Riparian Area home. Feel free to bring a picnic lunch along and shop for desert plants at the arboretum store after learning more about them in the demonstration garden.

Outside Boyce Thompson Arboretum State Park

There are plenty of places you may want to visit outside Boyce Thompson Arboretum State Park.


Porter's Cafe

What you will find: This cafe serves an outstanding hamburger along with delicious nachos, mouthwatering salads and much more. On the cafe's patio, special events like corn hole tournaments are often held.

Type: Cafe with full bar service

Location: Location: 404 W. Main St, Superior, AZ

Los Hermanos Restaurant & Lounge

What you will find: This restaurant and lounge prepares good Mexican food from early morning through dinnertime along with chicken-fried steaks and hamburger steaks.

Type: Mexican with American comfort foods

Location: 835 W. U.S. 60, Superior, AZ

Jade Grill Asian BBQ

What you will find: Nightly stir-fry specials, Asian barbecue and quick sandwiches with a Chinese flair are available for lunch or dinner at this restaurant.

Type: Asian

Location: 639 U.S. Highway 60, Superior, AZ

De Marco's Italian Food

What you will find: Pizza and Italian foods cooked from scratch are the specialties of this restaurant.

Type: Italian

Location: 433 U.S. 60, Superior, AZ

Buckboard City Café & Saloon

What you will find: At this place, attached to a museum that is billed as the world's smallest, you will find American Southwest comfort foods served for breakfast, lunch and dinner.

Type: American

Location: 1107 West Highway 60, Superior, AZ


There are many places to shop near Boyce Thompson Arboretum State Park.

Random Boutique

What you will find: As the name suggests, you can find an assortment of items at this boutique, including home décor and women's clothing.

Location: 151 Main St, Superior, AZ

Picket Post Antiques

What you will find: Vintage items and antiques of all types are available at this quaint antique store.

Location: 400 Main St, Superior, AZ

Rolling Rock Gallery

What you will find: You can shop for unique toys, gifts and art made by residents.

Location: 160 W. Main St, Superior, AZ

Wild Cow Art Gallery

What you will find: The gallery has a revolving collection of over 150 pieces of artwork from Arizona artists.

Location: 20 N Magma Ave, Superior, AZ

Sunflower Market

What you will find: This is a coffee shop with handmade furniture and some gifts.

Location: 149 W Main St, Superior, AZ

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How to Get to
Boyce Thompson Arboretum State Park

Getting to Boyce Thompson Arboretum State Park is easy because it is located on Highway 60. If you are coming from Superior, then you will find the arboretum 4.9 miles west of town.

Entering Boyce Thompson Arboretum State Park

Boyce Thompson Arboretum State Park General Admission : $15.0

Boyce Thompson Arboretum State Park Children's Admission (5-12) : $5.0

Boyce Thompson Arboretum State Park Member Admission : $0.0

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