West-facing walls and windows of historic Picket post House are all that most people have ever seen of the 7,000 square foot mansion — but after a five-year hiatus, two special weekends of public tours return Dec. 10-11, and also Jan. 7-8.
Mark your calendar and don’t miss these rare opportunities to walk through Colonel William Boyce Thompson’s venerable mansion perched on volcanic cliffs overlooking his namesake Arboretum. Visitors are required to pay Arboretum daily admission of $10 to enter the Arboretum grounds and walk the half-mile main trail to reach the mansion gate; mansion tour tickets cost an additional $20 each, and money raised during these special weekends of mansion tours helps support our ongoing mission at Boyce Thompson Arboretum.
Of course, Arboretum annual members and AZ State Parks pass-holders just pay the $20 mansion tour fee. The Arboretum opens at 8:00 a.m.during Fall and Winter months; the mansion will be open from 9:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. Carry some cash for lunch onsite, the local Optimists Club will have grilled burgers and hotdogs for sale outside the mansion. Buy tour tickets in the Arboretum gift shop when you arrive – tickets are not sold in advance. For a sneak preview of whats inside, check out the gallery Patsy Akers posted online after 2011, when tours were last offered – find the link at
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