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Desert Botanical Gardens in Arizona

Feb 9, 2021 | Arizona | 0 comments

Updated: Feb 28, 2021

Welcome to Arizona and the famous Desert Botanical Gardens. Where you will find the most beautiful desert landscape scattered with a variety of different cactuses, trees, and flowers. This will give you a little taste of the southwest paradise. There is a reason this place is all over Instagram. It’s breathtaking!

Woman with child in the desert botanical gardens posing near a tall cactus.| Desert Botanical Gardens in Arizona

I have partnered with Desert Botanical Gardens for this post. The best part for me, is they had zero restrictions when it came to my blog post. This is my honest opinion, with no constraints. For the record, I pick locations that I want to personally go to.

COVID-19 Warning: There is currently no statewide order in Arizona. Phoenix is located in Maricopa County, which does have a mask order. Children ages 2 and younger are exempt from this order.

The gardens has a mandatory face mask policy in inside and outside spaces. 2 and under are exempt. The only time we took off our face mask was for pictures.

I was beyond thrilled to visit this famous botanical garden in Phoenix. I have to admit it’s not usually my “thing”. However, this is not like the boring Texas scenery that I am used to seeing in the flat lands of Houston. Maybe that is why the beauty of this desert landscape just pulls at my heart strings. It makes me want to order a Prickly Pear Margarita, chill, and watch the sunset. I cannot believe people get to wake up and see this every day. The desert is beyond breathtaking.

Father with his two kids smiling at the camera standing in the path amongst tall cacti. | Desert Botanical Gardens in Arizona
About Desert Botanical Gardens:

This botanical garden is located in Phoenix and is a short drive from the airport. The garden is spread across over 55 acres with thousands of species of cactus, trees, and flowers. You can spend 2 to 3 hours walking the trails and looking at all the plants that live in some of hottest and driest parts of the world.

View of the gardens filled with cacti. | Desert Botanical Gardens in Arizona




8:00AM- 8:00PM


Adult: $24.95 (ages 18+)

Youth: $9.95 (ages 3-17)

Child: Free (3 and under)

Order your tickets online. Advance Tickets are required. Walk-ups are only permitted as capacity allows.

ACTIVE MILITARY PERSONNEL | FREE (with valid government ID for General Admission only)

2/9, 3/9, 4/13 is Community Day (free admission). Tickets must be reserved in advanced.



What to bring


Comfortable shoes


Face mask

There are five areas of the garden you can explore.

Sonoran Desert Nature Loop

Man and child hiking in Arizona. | Desert Botanical Gardens in Arizona

Center for Desert Living Trail

Small bush-like cacti in the desert. | Desert Botanical Gardens in Arizona

Desert Discovery Loop Trail

Woman in the gardens posing in front of tall cacti. | Desert Botanical Gardens in Arizona

Harriet K Maxwell Desert Wildflower Loop

This is where you will find bees and hummingbirds. Look at the adorable hummingbird we found. Isn’t she cute?

Hummingbird enjoying a flower in the gardens. | Desert Botanical Gardens in Arizona

Plants and People from the Sonoran Desert Loop Trail

The Sonoran trail will take you through an example of a small village that would have been used by the indigenous people. This was my kid’s favorite section. They learned that at one time kids did not have internet. Shocking!

Two kids posing in the Indian cave in Arizona. | Desert Botanical Gardens in Arizona
Little boy playing in the Indian camp area and making a pretend fire. | Desert Botanical Gardens in Arizona

Gertrude Restaurant

Hungry? Enjoy lunch and wine at the popular on-site restaurant. I’ve read this is a “must do” when at the gardens.

We had a blast walking though the different trails and exhibits. If you plan to visit Phoenix or you are passing through, I suggest you add the Desert Botanical Gardens to your bucket-list.

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