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Butterflies fluttering near you and hearing the sounds of hummingbirds, this was our welcome as we entered the Boyce Thompson Arboretum.
On a cool temperature day in November, we decided to take a walk/hike around the Boyce Thompson Arboretum park grounds. We were very impressed with plant diversity. Boyce Thompson Arboretum is known for “Plants of the Worlds Deserts”
Boyce Thompson Arboretum does an amazing job of labeling many of the plants on the different paths. It was fun to quiz myself on my plant identification knowledge. Also, I learned a few more names. Throughout the paths, there were many learning stations where a plant would be identified and it would describe how the plant has been used by humans.
There is a hummingbird and butterfly garden that has specific plants to attract hummingbirds and butterflies. You can sit on a bench and watch them fly around you. This is a wonderful spot to take photos. Around Ayer Lake, there is bird watching. There is a ramada for sitting with your binoculars to view birds. As you walk the different paths, there are lizards, squirrels, and other small animals to identify.
Did you know there is a 1.25-mile loop? I did not know this. There are many additional paths that you can do to add length to your hike if you are trying to reach tour 10,000 steps for the day. We chose to explore all the different paths, such as
Sonoran Desert Exhibit
Chihuahua Desert Exhibit
South American Desert Exhibit
Upland Sonoran Natural Area
Cactus & Succulents Garden
Australia Desert Exhibit
Gum Bark Trail
We enjoyed the views of the mountains and the vegetation. Throughout the park, there are many benches where you can choose to rest and view your soundings. We saw people meditating in areas. There is a picnic area to enjoy a meal surrounded by all the amazing trees and flowers.
If you fell in love with a flower or the leaves of a particular plant and would like to grow it at home, check out the gift shop. The gift shop sales many plants of all sizes for you to take home.
Do you live in Arizona or going to visit Arizona soon? We recommend visiting Boyce Thompson Arboretum either for a nice walk or to have a family picnic.
The Boyce Thompson Arboretum is in Superior, Arizona. For park details, hours and pricing visit http://www.btarboretum.org
For additional Arizona State Parks information, visit https://azstateparks.com