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Situated in southern Arizona is Boyce Thompson Arboretum State Park. This state park is believed to be one of the oldest botanical gardens in the United States. It was originally founded in 1924 as a desert horticultural research facility before being converted into a public garden.

Boyce Thompson Arboretum State Park is known for its numerous plants and contains one of the largest Eucalyptus trees in the country. Thanks to its location within the Sonoran Desert, the park is often visited by a vast amount of wildlife, which ranges from hummingbirds to Gila monsters.

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Getting Outdoors

There are plenty of outdoor activities to enjoy while at this state park, and one activity a visitor can do is hiking. This state park features a variety of pathways to trek down, such as the Boyce Thompson Arboretum Main Trail. This trail spans 1.3 miles long and is bordered by various types of wildflowers. This pathway varies in its terrain but tends to be somewhat easy to explore.

You could also grab your camera to do landscape photography. Boyce Thompson Arboretum State Park is surrounded by impressive desert landscapes giving you plenty of beautiful scenery to capture. Some of note include canyons in the Sonoran Desert and Picketpost Mountain. You might also catch a glimpse of wildlife roaming around as well, including bobcats and coatis.

Another thing to do at the park is birdwatching. Some species often seen in the park are wrens, thrashers, roadrunners, gnatcatchers, quail, and hawks. Birdwatchers will see them flying through the air, searching for food, or resting on one of the park’s plants.

Camping at Boyce Thompson Arboretum State Park

RV rentals in Pinal County can choose to stay at one of the numerous motorhome campgrounds situated near the state park. One option is the Wild West Ranch and RV Resort. This travel trailer resort offers numerous RV sites that come with amenities such as showers, restrooms, and WiFi. This pet-friendly camping spot also has an RV washing station, hiking trails, and a postal building.

Another place to keep your camper at is the Arizonian RV Resort. Nestled beneath the Superstition Mountains, this RV resort offers amenities such as WiFi, electric, and cable. There is also a pool, recreation hall, laundry room, shuffleboard court, and spa.

Exploring the Area

There are plenty of destinations located near Boyce Thompson Arboretum State Park that visitors can stop by at with their motorhome. In Phoenix, there’s the Phoenix Zoo. This zoo houses a variety of different animals, such as lions, tigers, prairie dogs, monkeys, sheep, and parrots. While here, guests could also partake in one of the many daily activities held here, like animal shows, giraffe encounters, and a stingray petting area. There are guided tours available of the grounds that give you a behind-the-scenes look into how the zoo operates.

Less than an hour away in Mesa is the Arizona Museum of Natural History. This museum is designed to teach museum-goers about the history and culture of America’s Southwest. It highlights different themes, such as archaeology, paleontology, and Native American culture. While here, you’ll be able to view fossils, woven blankets, sculptures, and photographs. In addition to this, the museum hosts numerous programs and events throughout the year, such as ancient pottery classes and fossil hunts.

In Tucson, visitors can stop by Saguaro National Park. This national park is best known for being home to thousands of saguaro cactuses as well as canyons filled with ancient petroglyphs. Visitors can hike through the park down one of its many trails, each of which varies in its scenery. Saguaro National Park is also known for being one of the best places in the area to view the sunset, especially at Gates Pass.

Head over to Prescott with your RV to check out the Sharlot Hall Museum. The museum was originally built in 1928 to be the state’s governor’s mansion. However, it has since been converted into an open-air destination designed to teach guests about the local area. While here, visitors can view exhibits filled with various types of artifacts. Sharlot Hall Museum also hosts a handful of events and festivals guests can attend, such as the Folk Arts Fair, Sharlot’s Wine Festival, and Folk Music Festival.

Boyce Thompson Arboretum State Park is situated near quite a few gas stations that are a short drive away. There is also a good selection of restaurants nearby, most of which serve comfort food. While here, visitors might also consider trying some local culinary specialties, like ranch fries, mesquite flour bread, and chimichangas.

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