We love a day out in nature, and Red Butte Garden within the University of Utah offers just that!
In fact, Red Butte Garden is actually one of the largest botanical gardens in the entire Intermountain West, and (along with the University of Utah), is also the State Arboretum of Utah! How cool is that?
Red Butte Garden are located on 100 stunning acres in the foothills on the eastern edge of the iconic Universtiy of Utah campus.
Red Butte Garden have been open to families wanting to enjoy a nature based day out since 1985, AND the gardens also feature over 21 acres of developed gardens to marvel at, as well as over five miles of hiking trails that wind through an extensive Natural Area.
We told you this was the place to be if you loved to lose yourself in nature!
Don't miss a visit to The Garden, a community-funded space famous for its numerous plant collections, as well as display gardens (and even over half a million springtime blooming bulbs). They also have a vast collection of daffodils, and this is where you can also enjoy those world-class outdoor concert series that they host across the summer.
Fancy learning more about the gardens? Why don't you check out the award-winning horticulture-based educational programs. They offer classes and workshops for those keen green thumbs in the family who can't get enough of that learning experinence that Red Butte Gardens offer.
So what are you waiting for? Let's get those walking shoes on, and get out into nature and enjoy what Red Butte Garden and Salt Lake City have to offer!
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.
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.
$7 (Ages 3 to 12)
Seniors and Military $12 / Free for members
Due to limited space and facilities, Red Butte Garden requests that guests adhere to their rules and policies when planning a picnic in the Garden. Check their website for more details!
On dates that concerts are scheduled, the Garden will close at 5pm
They offer a host of educational classes and workshops so just give them a call to arrange a visit with students! They would be happy to help
Take plenty of water, especially if you are going on a hike
Red Butte Garden buildings, Amphitheatre, and some of their other outdoor areas are accessible. Just call the Visitor Center at 801-585-0556 or email [email protected] for more information.
Half-price admission in December, January, and February, and Free admission on Veterans Day for military personnel with valid photo ID.