ARIZONA – BOYCE THOMPSON ARBORETUM STATE PARK
Photo Experience: If you are interested in desert flora, this place is definitely worth a visit. I spent a day at this state park, exploring the trails and photographing what I saw. Expect to have full sun here. I found that photographs of individual plants (rather than broad desert scenes) worked well.
Other Info: Boyce Thompson S.P. is located about an hour’s drive east of Mesa, Arizona, on US 60, just before you reach the town of Superior. Admission is $12.50 per adult. Although drinks, sandwiches, and snacks are available for purchase at the gift shop, you can also bring your own picnic (which is what I did). Restrooms are available at the gift shop and the Smith Interpretive Center. There is a bit of shade here and there along the trails, but I would encourage you to wear a hat and put on sunscreen. Taking some water along with you is also a good idea.