Desert Botanical Garden - Flashlight Tours

Real Estate Agent with HomeSmart Elite Group Tempe AZ Tel: 480-966-9353 SA585680000

Desert Botanical Garden is a favorite destination all year round. It is located centrally among the cities of Tempe, Scottsdale and Phoenix. It is a great place for learning about the desert and enjoying its beauty.

Over the years, during the summer months,  the flashlight tours have become very popular. They are self-guided tours with flashlights on paved trails with various learning and entertainment stations along the trail.  The docents at the booths are knowledgeable and engaging. This year's theme of the flashlight tours is the sensory experience of the desert at night - see it, hear it, touch it.

I like to start my evening walk while it's still twilight - it gives me an opportunity to see some of the creatures that scurry in the garden, take a few photos, marvel at their feather and skin patterns. And watch from the high points how the light gradually start to light up around the valley.


Is this the same Spiny Lizard that I just saw on the Board at the entrance? He blends with the gravel so well, unafraid, he posed for my camera for a few moments, and then scurried to the cactus across the road.

Creature Stations    The docent, telling the story of this rescued lizard.   

Flashlight Tour Days and hours     DBG Trail  

Flashlight tours are on Thursday and Saturday evenings from 7pm to 9:30 pm.


The general admission is: 

  • adult: $24.95  
  • youth: $12.95 (3-17)  
  • children under 3 are admitted free.

It is worth checking websites like Groupon for current promotions - you may find a two-adults+kids annual membership for $60.

Local libraries also have free one-time culture passes for visits to local points of interest, and those passes include Desert Botanical Garden, too. 


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Steffy Hristova, MBA, SFR, CNE, Realtor®

HomeSmart Elite Group
Tel:  (480) 966-9353

10601  N. Hayden Rd. I-100
Scottsdale AZ 85260


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Patricia Feager, MBA, CRS, GRI,MRP
Selling Homes Changing Lives

Steffy Hristova 

A Botanical Dessert Flashlight Tour sounds positively delightful! The air will be cooler, the creatures will be out, and people with flashlights will see things they couldn't see during the day. What a great group experience and an excellent way to spend an evening filled with learning, discovery, and lots of fun!

Jul 01, 2017 03:19 PM #1
Steffy Hristova
HomeSmart Elite Group Tempe AZ Tel: 480-966-9353 - Tempe, AZ
Tempe AZ Realtor - Your Home Close to Your Work!

Patricia Feager , thanks for your comment. Yes, lots of things to do in the evenings. Ballet Arizona has a few performances on open stage in the evenings, too.

Jul 01, 2017 03:53 PM #2
Michele Cadogan-Cell 917-861-9166
Fillmore Real Estate 2990 Av U, Bklyn , NY 11229 - Brooklyn, NY
Licensed Real Estate Associate Broker -

Flashlight tours are always fun.  Our local historic cementary has a summer season flashlight  tour .  Out botanical garden usually has out door movie nights but a flashligh tour would  be  wonderful in the garden  especially if you can tour the herb and rose gardens and take in the lovely fragrances .

Jul 01, 2017 06:58 PM #3
Sandy Padula and Norm Padula, JD, GRI
HomeSmart Realty West & Geneva Financial, Llc. - Carlsbad, CA
Presence, Persistence & Perseverance

We have never enjoyed a flashlight tour, so this is now our our 'Bucket List'. It looks very interesting!

Jul 02, 2017 05:35 AM #4
Brian England
Arizona Focus Realty - Gilbert, AZ
MBA, GRI, REALTOR® Real Estate in East Valley AZ

Such a beautiful place to visit, I love the area that we live in, always great sights to see!

Jul 02, 2017 06:58 AM #5
Belinda Spillman
Aspen Lane Real Estate Colorful Colorado - Aurora, CO
Colorado Living!

This sounds like the perfect adventure for the day.  Flashlight tours are a great idea.

Jul 02, 2017 09:22 AM #6
Endre Barath, Jr.
Berkshire Hathaway HomeServices - Beverly Hills, CA
Realtor - Los Angeles Home Sales 310.486.1002

I have never heard of Flashlight tours, clearly I would enjoy this one, my father instilled in my curiosity when I was small....Endre

Jul 02, 2017 08:27 PM #7
Steffy Hristova
HomeSmart Elite Group Tempe AZ Tel: 480-966-9353 - Tempe, AZ
Tempe AZ Realtor - Your Home Close to Your Work!

Hi, Michele Cadogan , thanks for stopping by. Fragrant botanical gardens should be delightful to visit.

Hi Sandy Padula and Norm Padula, JD, GRI NMLS#1483386 , I am glad somebody invented more ways to keep the garden open longer hours.

Brian England , I could not agree more with you.


Jul 03, 2017 06:01 PM #8
Steffy Hristova
HomeSmart Elite Group Tempe AZ Tel: 480-966-9353 - Tempe, AZ
Tempe AZ Realtor - Your Home Close to Your Work!

Hi Belinda Spillman , I think kids love the flashlight tours, as well as everybody who wants to feel a kid ... :)

Endre Barath, Jr. , they are called flashlight tours, probably to distinguish quickly from the regular day-time tours. You will enjoy it. Thanks for stopping by.

Jul 03, 2017 06:06 PM #9
Debbie Reynolds
Platinum Properties - Clarksville, TN
Your Dedicated Clarksville TN Real Estate Agent

I so enjoy botanical gardens. This is a must do in your area, Steffy.

Jul 05, 2017 06:36 AM #10
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