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Boyce Thompson Arboretum


COVID-19 NOTICE: The safety of visitors, members, staff and volunteers is of utmost importance, and BTA is adding the following limitations and restrictions to help prevent the spread of the virus:

  • Anyone exhibiting symptoms of flu, cold or viral infection will not be admitted.
  • All visitors are required to wear face coverings to enter and exit the Arboretum visitor's center.All visitors are required to wear face coverings to enter and exit the Arboretum visitor's center.
  • All visitors are asked to observe signage and adhere to social distancing protocols.

Experience the lush beauty of the Arizona Upland Sonoran Desert at the state's oldest and largest botanical garden. With spectacular views of Picketpost Mountain, Boyce Thompson Arboretum is located in scenic Queen Creek Canyon, just 30 minutes from Mesa, Arizona. Featuring plant collections from the world’s deserts, historic buildings and hidden gardens along miles of trails, the Arboretum is on the National Register of Historic Places. A haven for wildlife, the Arboretum has been called "the most enchanting" Audubon Important Birding Area in Arizona.

Boyce Thompson Arboretum was founded in 1924 by William Boyce Thompson, a mining magnate who understood the importance of plants as the ultimate source of our survival and well-being. That legacy continues today as the Arboretum offers tours, classes and events, bringing a wide community together in appreciation of the astounding diversity of its growing collection.

Summer Hours: May-September, closed Tuesdays
Wed-Mon, 6AM - 3PM (Last entry 2PM)

Winter Hours: October - April, open daily
8AM - 5PM (Last entry 4PM)


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