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Boyce Thompson Arboretum

Guided general tours of the main trail start from the visitor center at 11 a.m. and are offered daily continuing through April 30. They’re included with daily admission of $9 for adults or $4.50 for ages 5-12.

Bring your dog, pets are welcome at the Arboretum, provided they are well-behaved and leashed at all times. Trails are Wheelchair Accessible. Picnic tables and charcoal grills are available for visitors to use; propane and charcoal are allowed, wood fires are not.

• Arboretum History Walk at 10 a.m., Saturday, Jan. 7 - You may have walked our trails a dozen times and never crossed paths with the Galapagos Tortoise pens. Take a moment to scan the horizon above Picket Post Mountain, can you imagine cavalry soldiers operating a heliograph in the late 1800s? Learn a few new facts about the life and times of Colonel William Boyce Thompson and his namesake Arboretum on a walking tour guided by Phoenix historian Sylvia Lee January 7. Walks typically last about 90 minutes, departing at 10 a.m. from the Visitor Center breezeway.

• Winter Visitor Welcome Jan. 7 and 8 - Minnesota Humor — And A Prickly Pear Class

Boyce Thompson Arboretum offers a 2-4-1 admission discount special during the annual welcome winter visitors weekend. Guided tours of the main trail will be at 11 a.m. and a 2 p.m. concert each day features Minnesota humorist Mark Fogelson. A special “how to juice prickly pear cactus fruits” class Sunday only, Jan. 8, at 3 p.m., following Mark Fogelson’s concert.

The Arboretum is at Highway 60 milepost #223 near Superior, 55 miles due east of Phoenix.

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