So you want to see Arizona’s famous wildflowers? If so take a visit to the Boyce Thompson Arboretum is in Superior, Arizona. The one-hour drive from Phoenix is a real treat at the peak of wildflower season. This is one of the best areas in Arizona to view wildflowers in the spring and fall colors in November.
Smith Interpretive Center, the original visitor center, was built in 1925 and is on the National Register of Historical places. There are two greenhouses attached to the building and a beautiful area next to the building for having a picnic or enjoying the gardens.
- Hummingbird & Butterfly Garden
- Demonstration Garden
- Rose Garden
- Children’s Horticultural Garden.There is an area where you can act as a human sundial, the kids enjoyed this part.
- Chihuahuan Desert is a .27 mile trail that showcases desert plants
- Australian Exhibit that takes you through a eucalyptus forest
- Taylor Legume Garden
- Cactus and Succulent Gardens
- Herb Garden & historic Clevenger House
- South American Exhibit
- High Trail is a .45 mile trail through the Upper Sonoran Natural Area
Tip: Fill up your gas tank before heading out to Superior, there are no gas stations for many miles. There is one in Superior, Arizona. Visit
http://ag.arizona.edu/bta/ to learn about pricing and hours of operation.
Address: 37615 East US Highway 60 Superior,AZ
Location: Superior, AZ
Directions: Boyce Arboretum is 1 hour east of Phoenix on the Superstition Freeway. Drive towards Apache Junction, past Florence and continue on towards milepost #223.