Phoenix - Suburbs

Boyce Thompson Arboretum & Legends of Superior Trails

Boyce Arboretum. Flickr: Corey Seeman

A great destination run! Combine a run around the Boyce Thompson Arboretum with the nearby Legends of Superior Trails, a scenic trail through Superior and the Sonoran desert. NOTE: there’s no direct connection between the Arboretum & Superior trail.

Boyce Arboretum. Located an hour from Phoenix and 30 minutes from Mesa, the Boyce Thompson Arboretum is known for its miles of trails through plant collections from the world’s deserts. In spring, there are great colors as wildflowers, aloe, yucca and cacti are in bloom. In summer, saguaro and cardon cacti bloom. A loop of the trails is 1.5 miles. Notes: Set opening hours & admission fees.

Arnett Canyon Trail. Google Street View

Legends of Superior Trails. This is an 11.65 mile recreational trail trough Superior and the Sonoran desert. The trail is divided into five segments, each with their own character. This TRAIL MAP has excellent information and segment distances. Generally, these trails have a decent surface for running. The best for an easy-to-moderate run is the Arnett Canyon segment, up to 6.5 miles one-way. For a challenge, climb 1,000 feet over 2.25 miles in the Queen Creek Canyon segment, near Superior.

Essentials
  • Arboretum Loop: ~1.5 miles. Legends of Superior Trails: 11.65 miles one-way, though divided into segments
  • The Superior trail has some hilly sections

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Essentials
  • Arboretum Loop: ~1.5 miles. Legends of Superior Trails: 11.65 miles one-way, though divided into segments
  • The Superior trail has some hilly sections