Boyce Thompson Arboretum State Park
Want to see Arizona’s prized botanical garden? Then, your drive will take you roughly 55 miles east of Phoenix on U.S. 60, near Superior. This park is home to more than 320 acres and dates back to the 1920’s. Here, is where you’ll see all that the Sonoran Desert has to boast about in desert flora and fauna. 3000 different types vegetation growing along a walking trail more than a mile long. For more information visit azstateparks.com/Parks/BOTH
This range is not only hugely popular but also breathtakingly beautiful. The drive is an easy one, by way of the U.S. 60 past Apache Junction to Peralta Road. Turn north and drive roughly 8 miles to the beginning of the trail. The Superstitions are huge, 24 miles east to west and roughly 12 miles north to south with a variety of trails for all skill levels. Peralta Trailhead draws the largest number of hikers. To find out more information visit here.
Even for those who are avid boaters, Saguaro Lake offers a wonderful opportunity for a day road- trip. This drive will take you up State Route 87 to Bush Highway. Signs will get you to parking at the lake. You’ll find a restaurant, picnic tables, and boat rentals at the marina. You can even enjoy a trip to see the lake aboard a guided cruise starting at $12 and young children are free. Stocked fishing is also an option with rainbow trout, largemouth bass and catfish. You can get more information here.