|Boyce Thompson Arboretum State Park|
Only one hour east of Phoenix and two hours from Tucson, the 1075-acre Boyce Thompson Arboretum is among Arizona's premier watchable wildlife spots – in fact, it was among the first Important Bird Areas (IBA) designated in the Grand Canyon State by the Audubon Society. Spring and fall weekend gu...
Lost Dutchman State Park
|Description: Located in the Sonoran Desert foothills, this park provides a scenic view of the famous Superstition Mountains, site of the legendary Lost Dutchman gold mine. At 2,000 feet elevation, the desert here is lush with paloverde, ironwood trees, and giant saguaro cactus. Desert wildflowers can be spectacular after above average winter rains.|
Wildlife to Watch: Common birds are Costa’s hummingbird, gilder flicker, Gila and ladder-backed woodpeckers, cactus and rock wrens, phainopepla, verdin, black-tailed gnatcatcher, Gambel’s quail, curve-billed thrasher, and Harris’s and red-tailed hawks. Mule deer, javelina, gray fox, ringtail, and even mountain lion can be found in the area. Small mammals include round-tailed and Harris’ antelope squirrels and desert cottontail. This area has many reptiles that may be seen in warmer months, including tiger whiptail, desert spiny lizard, common side-blotched lizard, gophersnake, coachwhip, western patch-nosed snake, nightsnake, Gila monster, and 3 species of rattlesnakes.
Other Activities: Six trails range in length from ½ mile to 4 miles: Treasure Loop, Prospector's View, Jacob's Crosscut, Siphon Draw, Discovery, and Native Plant Trails. The Discovery and Native Plant trails feature interpretive signage. Trails are a gateway into the Superstition Wilderness.
Ownership: Arizona State Parks
Size: 320 acres
Closest Town: Apache Junction
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