Gateway To The Copper Corridor


2019 Summer Gateway, Visitors Guide.

Boyce Thompson Arboretum events

As you approach the

Arboretum on Highway

60 you will see

towering Picketpost Mountain

dominating the southern horizon.

The arboretum brings together

plants form the planet’s

many varied deserts and dry

lands displaying them alongside

unspoiled examples of

the native Sonoran Desert


The arboretum offers a wide

range of tours throughout the

year interpreting plants, wildlife,

history and geology.

Geology tour

Saturday, July 27, August

24, Sept. 28 at 8 a.m.

Learn about rocks and volcanic

formations along our

main trail on a tour with professional

geologist Rich Leveile

as your guide for a lively

tour that compresses almost

two billion years of geologic

history into just over one educational

hour. Topics include:

The Pinal schist, the volcanic

origins of Picket Post Mountain

and the Apache Leap tuff.

Edible and Medicinal

Plants tour

Sundays July 28, August

25, Sept. 22 at 8 a.m.

Walk with Mike Hills, world

traveler and herbal gourmand,

as you see and learn about

the interesting plants along

the Curandero Trail that have

been used historically as food,

traditional Medicine and other

uses by the native people of

the Sonoran desert.

Lizard Walk

Saturdays, August 10, August

31, Sept. 14 at 8 a.m.

Arizona lizards

do comical pushups

to display their

blue bellies - attend

a tour guided by

Casa Grande outdoor

educator Phil

Rakoci who will

be accompanied by

AZ Game and Fish



Owens to learn

why these little reptiles

have azure abs.

Boyce Thompson Arboretum

is an ideal place to observe

native reptiles such as Tree,

Side-blotched and Greater

Earless Lizards while learning

about their behavior and Sonoran

Desert adaptations.

Dragonfly Walks at Boyce

Thompson Arboretum

Sunday August 4, Saturday,

Sept. 7 at 8:30 a.m.

Observe the remarkable

aerobatics of dragonflies and

learn about their fascinating

life cycle on a morning

stroll. Maricopa Audubon

Program Director Laurie

Nessel will guide the

walk, leading attendees to

Ayer Lake, water features

in the Legume and Demonstration

gardens, and

possibly Queen Creek, if

it has surface water.

What should you wear

and bring? Nessel suggests

wear comfortable

walking shoes, sunscreen,

and a hat to protect you from

the sun. Carry water and bring

close-focus binoculars for the

best close-up views of dragonflies.

History of the Arboretum


Sunday, August 4 at 8 a.m.


You may have walked the

trails a dozen times and never

crossed paths with the Galapagos

Tortoise pens. Take a

moment to scan the horizon

above picket post mountain.

Phoenix Historian Sylvia Lee

narrates this two-hour walking

tour focused on the life

and time of Colonel Wiliam

Boyce Thompson, and his Arboretum

Butterfly Walk

Saturday Aug, 17, Sept. 21

at 8:30 a.m.

Boyce Thompson is a hub

for local pollinators making it a

perfect place to learn about butterflies

in the great outdoors.

Ron Rutoowski will guide this

leisurely, slow-paced tour that

proceeds along wheelchair accessible

paths, exploring the

arboretums Hummingbird-butterfly

garden, demonstration

garden and children’s garden.

May to September hours

are Monday through Sunday

6 a.m. - 3 p.m. No park entry

after 2 p.m.

Arboretum Entrance Fees:

Adult (13+): $15, Child (5-

12): $5, Age four and under free

Boyce Thompson Arboretum

is located at 37615 E Arboretum

Way, Superior, Az

Phone is 602-827-3000

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