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Due to limited space and facilities, Red Butte Garden requests that guests adhere to the following rules and policies when planning a picnic in the Garden.

All Groups

  • Red Butte Garden is a botanical garden, not a public park. To preserve our gardens and plant collections, sporting games and cooking of food are not allowed. We are not able to store or refrigerate any food.
  • Please pack up and remove all garbage and food materials you bring into the Garden. Leave no trace.
  • Please do not move any of the Garden's tables, chairs, or benches.
  • The Amphitheatre, Rose Garden, and Fragrance Garden are used as private event facilities and are open to group picnics on a space-available basis only.
    • Groups picnicking in these areas may have to relocate in order to accommodate previously scheduled private event rentals.

Groups of 1-10

  • No reservations are required.
  • Visitors may picnic anywhere in the Garden on a space available basis.
  • Table seating is limited to the Courtyard, Wayside Rests, and Creekside picnic areas.
  • Other areas offer bench or lawn seating.

Groups of 11-24

  • No reservations are required.
  • The Four Seasons Garden lawn or lawn areas east of the Water Pavilion are recommended.

Groups of 25 or more

  • Reservations are required. Depending on the details of the group, fees and damage deposit may be required.
  • For more information or to make a reservation please contact our Private Events team or call 801-585-9563

School Groups

  • School groups are not permitted to picnic inside Red Butte Garden.
  • The Garden's Programming staff can provide school groups with a list of local public parks for picnics.