Boyce Thompson, AZ | HikeArizona
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Boyce Thompson, AZ

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Distance Round Trip 2.25 miles
Trailhead Elevation 2,400 feet
Elevation Gain 130 feet
Accumulated Gain 160 feet
Avg Time Round Trip 2.5 hours
Kokopelli Seeds 3.05
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Sun  6:46am - 6:26pm
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🔥 2021 Telegraph Fire266.7 mi**
🔥 2011 Picket Fire9.0 mi*
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by HAZ_Hikebot

 Likely In-Season!
Yeah, I know... a short hike at the Arboretum is strictly sissy stuff and to be avoided by adrenaline-junkie trail hounds. However, I have WAY too many friends from the frozen north who flock here during the winter months to hike our desert who are CLUELESS about the native flora and fauna. How can you appreciate what you see when you don't know what the hell you're lookin' at?
I suggest this---before you spend that week tramping around the Superstitions, drive over to the Boyce Thompson park and bone up on the differences between chain fruit and teddy bear cholla. Learn the fascinating ways that plants and animals have adapted to this harsh environment and the precious role of water in the desert. The more you know about this other-worldly environment, the greater you'll respect it and be a more eco-friendly hiker.

The park is located 3 miles east of Superior on the south side of Highway 260 (UTM-- 12 S 0485127 3682430). There is a beautiful 2-mile hike in the park that takes you through an incredible desert exhibit that includes 30 ft. tall boojum trees and a South American version of a saguaro.

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2000-04-18 HAZ_Hikebot
    WARNING! Hiking and outdoor related sports can be dangerous. Be responsible and prepare for the trip. Study the area you are entering and plan accordingly. Dress for the current and unexpected weather changes. Take plenty of water. Never go alone. Make an itinerary with your plan(s), route(s), destination(s) and expected return time. Give your itinerary to trusted family and/or friends.

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    Special Use

    Boyce Thompson $15 for adults or $5 for ages 5-12
    Current Fees Here

    Paved - Car Okay

    To hike
    3 miles west of Superior on US 60, south side of road

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