Where the Desert Comes to Life
Within sight of the red, rocky folds of Phoenix’s Papago Park lies the Desert Botanical Garden, home to the one of
the world’s largest and most diverse collection of desert plants. A stroll through the Garden’s meandering trails will
show how much life and beauty the desert holds.
The one-third mile Desert Discovery Trail winds past thousands of plants, including more than half the cactus,
century plants, and aloe species in the world. Short trails branch off to interpret other aspects of desert life: the
uses of plants by people, interactions among plants and animals, desert wildflowers, and landscaping and gardening in
the desert. All the trails have interactive signs and guidebooks that identify and explain the plants and have been
graded for wheelchair access. Lighting on the main trail and late closing hours allow for the unusual experience of
strolling through the desert at night.
Visitors can enjoy a variety of guided trail tours, bird tours, demonstrations, and family activities. Children
receive the Garden’s Desert Detective Game Sheets to use along the Garden’s trails. Desert House, the Garden’s water
and energy conservation house, is frequently open on Sunday afternoons. Visitors can also participate in many of the
Garden’s special events, buy plants and gifts in the Garden Shop, or enjoy a meal at the outdoor Patio Cafe.
In summer the Garden opens at 7 a.m. and offers early morning and evening activities, to “beat the heat.”
7 days a week
May - September, 7 a.m. to 8 p.m.
$7.50 for Adults
$6.50 for Seniors
$3.50 for Children 3-12