Red Butte Garden is a state arboretum established by the Utah Legislature at the University of Utah, which is also a state entity. Two bills were passed last year by the Utah Legislature—these bills bar the University of Utah and Red Butte Garden from requiring face-coverings or requiring vaccinations for visitors and guests attending events.  We will continue to encourage all of our guests to follow health and safety guidelines from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) and the Salt Lake County Health Department.


Red Butte Garden Visitor Center
300 Wakara Way
Salt Lake City, UT 84108
Front desk: 801-585-0556
Email address:

Driving Directions

Red Butte Garden Amphitheatre
2155 Red Butte Canyon
Salt Lake City, UT 84112

Driving directions and parking map

Please visit our Virtual Resources webpage for online classes, gardening tips, and nature-based activities that can be done at home.


Open seven days a week unless otherwise noted.

January-March 9 AM - 5 PM

April 9 AM - 7:30 PM

May-August 9 AM - 9 PM

September 9 AM - 7:30 PM

October-December 9 AM - 5 PM

Thanksgiving Day Closed

December 24-January 1 Closed



Garden Members Free

Adults (age 18-64) $14

Seniors (age 65+) $12

Military personnel with ID $12

Children (age 3-17) $7

Children (age 2 and under) Free

U of U faculty/staff $12

U of U students with ID Free


  • Half-price admission in December, January, and February.
  • Free admission on Veterans Day for military personnel with ID.
  • Groups of 12 or more receive $1.00 off each admission. Full group payment due prior to entrance.
  • Rates, inclusions, and benefits are subject to change without notice.
  • Ticketed events such as BOOtanical, and concerts or events in the Amphitheatre are NOT included with daily admission.


There is no direct public transportation to Red Butte Garden though there are options that will get you close to the Visitor Center and Amphitheatre. From these stops, you can either walk to the Garden or catch one of the University’s free shuttles. It is an uphill hike to the Garden and Amphitheatre from bus and TRAX stops, and there aren’t many sidewalks in Research Park, so you must walk on the road in some areas.

Check the public transportation schedules for routes to the University of Utah campus, medical center, or Research Park before planning your trip to the Garden:


The University’s free on-demand shuttle will take you from the medical TRAX station to Red Butte Garden and Natural History Museum of Utah (NHMU). From the U of U Medical Center TRAX station, cross the street to the bus/shuttle stop. Call 801-581-4189 (801-581-4189 after 6 PM), and choose Medical TRAX as the pick-up station and Natural History Museum of Utah as the drop-off station. Red Butte Garden is located next door to the NHMU.

Note that shuttles run Monday through Friday. Shuttles do not run on days that the University is closed.


Snapshot Photography

Definition: Snapshot photography is when a person uses a small handheld camera to quickly take informal photographs.

Policy: Visitors are welcome to take snapshots for private use or for sharing on social media. Snapshots may be taken of the plants, gardens, or members of their group during their visit to the Garden.

Cost & Reservations: Included with admission, no reservations required.

Photography Sessions

Definition: A photography session is an event where a photographer/videographer (either amateur or professional) takes a series of formal photographs of a posed subject(s). A photography session allows the photographer to spend prolonged time composing the photographs and permits use of photography equipment such as tripods, reflectors, props, etc.

Policy: Our policy varies for public and private photography sessions. Visit the Photo Policy page for more information.

Cost & Reservations: There is a cost and a reservation is required.


Only service animals are allowed inside Red Butte Garden and Amphitheatre. Please leave pets and comfort animals at home. Do not leave animals in cars.


In compliance with the Utah Clean Air Act and to preserve and protect our collections, Red Butte Garden is a non-smoking facility. Smoking is permitted only in designated areas. Thank you for your cooperation.



Red Butte Garden buildings, Amphitheatre, and some other outdoor areas are handicap accessible.

Please call the Visitor Center at 801-585-0556 or email for more information.