Our favorite scenic drive into the Phoenix area follows Hwy 60 to Show Low then on to Globe. The scenery along this route is amazing. At the bottom of the descent off the “rim” and just before arriving in all the suburbs of the Phoenix area is the Boyce Thompson Arboretum State Park.
The land was set aside for the park in the 1920s by Col. Boyce Thompson. He was a wealthy mining magnate who used his great wealth to “…improve the use of plant resources.” The 323 acre Arboretum is the oldest in the state of Arizona.
We spent around three hours at the park and could find even more to look at on a return visit. Below are pictures that I hope tell a small part about our visit. I was not good about identifying plants as I took pictures so I have tried to do that after the fact. If anyone viewing the slideshow notes that I have made a mistake, please let me know in the comments. . Click here or on the picture then on the “play button” on the upper right hand of the picture. If you want to pause the pictures, click in the lower left hand corner