You can always predict how the fall color will move around the state of Arizona—beginning at the North Rim of the Grand Canyon— ending with the final and most dramatic blast of red and burgundy at Boyce Thompson Arboretum. Home to a grove of 40-foot Chinese pistachio trees, Boyce Thompson Arboretum is famously ablaze mid to late November—the sight of which is worth a fall pilgrimage! Founded in 1924 as a desert plant research facility and living museum, the Arboretum is the oldest botanical garden west of the Mississippi. An easy main trail runs through the park, leading visitors to various exhibits and natural areas, including the new Wallace Desert Garden. At 13 acres, situated adjacent to Queen Creek in a natural setting, the new Wallace Desert Garden offers magnificent views of Picketpost Mountain and the Superstition Mountains and includes 1.5 miles of new trails and loops, and two water crossings. This year’s fabulous fall trek just got a whole lot better! We’ll stop in Superior for an early lunch, on self, at Porter’s Café, before heading into the Arboretum. Porter’s offers outdoor patio dining and an affordable menu that runs from traditional Mexican dishes to all-American burgers, club sandwiches, fresh salads and more. We hope you’ll join us for this fantastic fall tour!
Depart: NW 9 a.m. Phx 9:30 a.m. Mesa 10 a.m. R: 5 p.m.