SJ's Hike of the Week: Boyce Thompson Arboretum
Distance: 3 miles
Dog Friendly: Yes!
Permit/Pass Required: Yes, it is $15 for general admission, $5 for kiddos and FREE for medical professionals (as of 7/9/20...check the website for changes.)
Getting There: See Map
Tips: Bring the family, the stroller, the dog and some extra cash for souvenirs! This hidden gem has a little something for everyone. If you plan on doing the High Trail make sure to wear appropriate footwear as it can be a bit steep and rocky. Otherwise the majority of trails are flat and easily maneuverable.
About the Hike: Looking to beat the heat? A combination of early business hours, shade and water make Boyce Thompson Arboretum worth the short drive to Superior for a little relief. The botanical gardens boast 392 acres of beautiful landscapes, 3,900 different species of plants and is open year round with the park changing with each season.
My pup and I came early on a hot summer day and were able to take in the whole park before 8am. So many birds welcomed us and though the creek was dry, there was still a pond to explore and plenty of shade to sit and take in the beauty of this remarkable oasis in the desert. Bring a lunch and enjoy the day use area for a picnic and spend the day ooooh-ing and awe-ing at some of Arizona's best flora and fauna!