Red Butte Garden
Red Butte Garden
4.5
9:00 AM - 7:30 PM
Monday
9:00 AM - 7:30 PM
Tuesday
9:00 AM - 7:30 PM
Wednesday
9:00 AM - 7:30 PM
Thursday
9:00 AM - 7:30 PM
Friday
9:00 AM - 7:30 PM
Saturday
9:00 AM - 7:30 PM
Sunday
9:00 AM - 7:30 PM
About
Red Butte Garden is the largest botanical garden in the Intermountain West and, together with the University of Utah, is the state arboretum. The Garden has welcomed guests since 1985 and consists of over 21 acres of developed gardens and five miles of hiking trails winding through an extensive Natural Area. All just minutes away from downtown Salt Lake City. The Garden is renowned for plant collections, themed gardens, over 560,000 springtime blooms, gorgeous private rental spaces, a world-class summer concert series, and award-winning horticulture-based educational programs.
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  • Teresa Lewis Watts
    Bozeman, Montana1,185 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Gorgeous, whimsical, fragrant, delightful!
    21 acres of unique & surprising plants—herbs, trees, flowers—it’s an amazing array of great choices & creative inspiration for home gardens & landscaping ideas! I loved it! The honey bees & bumble bees create beautiful humming filling the air, & along with all the flower scents, it’s an incredible sensory experience! I was here on Memorial Day weekend, on Sunday…It was a cooler, rainy day off & on, & it was magical!
    Visited May 2023
    Traveled solo
    Written May 29, 2023
  • I’m always hungry
    Cottonwood Heights, Utah11 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Red Butte is a beautiful retreat
    We went for an evening stroll through the gardens. It was much different than I expected but I loved it. You can wander around as you please, stay as long as you want, sit and enjoy the flowers and views on the many benches scattered through the gardens. I saw a few people reading in various locations, which makes me want to go back and spend a good portion of a morning-midday there with a book abcs some snacks. The fragrance garden was my favorite. We ended our walk with the sunset over the city and the gift shop.
    Visited June 2023
    Traveled as a couple
    Written June 3, 2023
  • ChrisWendi
    Clovis, California51 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Spectacular display of Beauty
    Solo visit and wanted a safe place to walk alone and see nature. This was just perfect. Found delightful surprises around every turn. The grounds were impeccably kept with so many surprise details in each beautifully designed space. Water features, singing birds , butterflies & bees doing their thing in a little slice of the garden of Eden. The terraces are set up with beautiful visitas for relaxing after a short hike up. Especially enjoyed the small lake with water swooping barn sparrows and dragonflies. Found benches to rest and lay on along the way. Felt extremely safe as a solo walker and spent 3 full hours taking in all the splendor. The rose garden outdoor house was spectacular and in full bloom. At one point I turned the corner into a fairytale and uttered out loud “I can’t even” and laughed to myself as I was so overwhelmed with the abundance of beauty and tranquility. I knew I would enjoy a park but had no idea I would enjoy it this much. HIGHLY recommend to solo travelers, couples and families. I heard one young boy tell his grandparents that they needed to take the secret passageway into the oak tree canopy. It was so magical for all ages. If you doubt going…don’t! Just do it and breathe in the beauty with all your senses.
    Visited July 2023
    Traveled solo
    Written July 5, 2023
  • Utrocket71
    Toledo, Ohio370 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    We had a very nice relaxing visit
    This was a great way to end our vacation out west. We had 3 hours to kill before our flight left SLC. The staff were very cordial and helpful. The layout was very well thought out. There was plenty of places to rest or have lunch. Very scenic views. The gardens were very well maintained and there were a lot of workers very busy attending to the flowers, plants, etc. very worth while visit. We enjoyed it immensely.
    Visited August 2023
    Traveled as a couple
    Written August 10, 2023
  • Mark H
    Irvine, California588 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Great garden! AHS Garden Program member
    Our favorite outdoor spot in the SLC area! Free admission for American Horticultural Society (AHS) members and reciprocally with other botanic gardens. There are paths leading back into the wild land up canyon behind the garden. The garden faces southwest and has a more Mediterranean climate than nearby locations. In the winter, the main paths are usually open and safe to walk because they are free of ice; visit the conservatory to warm up. In summer, it gets hot!
    Visited January 2024
    Traveled solo
    Written January 27, 2024
  • Kai C
    Half Moon Bay, California1,255 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    great
    When I visit SLC I try not to miss stopping by the RBG. This is a professionally run, forward-looking facility that takes advantage of the terrain (flowing stream, mountain slope) - I especially like the combination between beautifully groomed areas and minimally disturbed "wild' sections of the Garden. The emphasis is on local area plants (Southwest desert, mountains, plains) with plants from the East Coast and California and a few exotics from Asia and Europe. The place, is not surprisingly, popular with wedding parties. A definite recommend.
    Visited April 2024
    Traveled solo
    Written May 15, 2024
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Doxibug
Westchester, NY151 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Jul 2022
We meant to spend about an hour here but ended up staying more than 3 hours. The gardens are extensive and so beautiful. We went on a very hot day so the plentiful shaded areas were a welcome sight. Hiked up to the "old stone house" which was eerie and amazing. Gorgeous views of downtown SLC and a truly wonderful array of plants. We especially enjoyed the rose garden. We walked up from the Fort Douglas train station -- it is a good 1.5 mile uphill hike. Alternatively you can take a shuttle on weekdays.
Written July 7, 2022
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Kai C
Half Moon Bay, CA1,255 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Apr 2024 • Solo
When I visit SLC I try not to miss stopping by the RBG. This is a professionally run, forward-looking facility that takes advantage of the terrain (flowing stream, mountain slope) - I especially like the combination between beautifully groomed areas and minimally disturbed "wild' sections of the Garden. The emphasis is on local area plants (Southwest desert, mountains, plains) with plants from the East Coast and California and a few exotics from Asia and Europe. The place, is not surprisingly, popular with wedding parties. A definite recommend.
Written May 15, 2024
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Hot-Tati
Gilbert, AZ746 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Oct 2020
Definetly a MUST SEE for those who can physical handle the hikes and trails. We climbed to the very top outdoor path. An amazing veiw awaits you from there. The garden is well planned and so beautiful, USE THE CONNECT PASS to save on admission,
Written February 19, 2021
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Teresa Lewis Watts
Bozeman, MT1,185 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
May 2023 • Solo
21 acres of unique & surprising plants—herbs, trees, flowers—it’s an amazing array of great choices & creative inspiration for home gardens & landscaping ideas! I loved it! The honey bees & bumble bees create beautiful humming filling the air, & along with all the flower scents, it’s an incredible sensory experience! I was here on Memorial Day weekend, on Sunday…It was a cooler, rainy day off & on, & it was magical!
Written May 29, 2023
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K Pastore
Hinsdale, IL680 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Feb 2020
We have a membership to botanical gardens. Red Butte was a fun place built into a hillside with beautiful views. We were able to hike up on a trail for about a mile, as well as walking around the amazing rose garden area.
Written February 20, 2020
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I’m always hungry
Cottonwood Heights, UT11 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Jun 2023 • Couples
We went for an evening stroll through the gardens. It was much different than I expected but I loved it. You can wander around as you please, stay as long as you want, sit and enjoy the flowers and views on the many benches scattered through the gardens. I saw a few people reading in various locations, which makes me want to go back and spend a good portion of a morning-midday there with a book abcs some snacks. The fragrance garden was my favorite. We ended our walk with the sunset over the city and the gift shop.
Written June 4, 2023
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Mark H
Irvine, CA588 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Jan 2024 • Solo
Our favorite outdoor spot in the SLC area! Free admission for American Horticultural Society (AHS) members and reciprocally with other botanic gardens. There are paths leading back into the wild land up canyon behind the garden. The garden faces southwest and has a more Mediterranean climate than nearby locations. In the winter, the main paths are usually open and safe to walk because they are free of ice; visit the conservatory to warm up. In summer, it gets hot!
Written January 27, 2024
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Micheline M
Scottsdale, AZ89 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Oct 2020
I had a lovely visit to the Red Butte Garden. It is well maintained with many little pathways, sitting areas and different sections with different plants and grass. They did a great job in decorating it for Halloween. The Staff was very friendly and helpful. Great photo opportunities and beautiful views. I hope to return here again in the future.
Written October 20, 2020
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SJH
265 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Sep 2022 • Solo
I was a bit confused on where to go/start; the girl at the counter could see I was clueless on where to go but was not helpful in showing me⁉️she had recommended a trail but didn't give directions on how to get there. I spent a bit of my time trying to find my way to an actual trail...after I finally found one, I found the trails to not be marked well. I spent most of my day wandering. They were having a wedding so the rose garden was blocked off. I would go back to attempt a trail up the mountain....next time. Thankful it was a gorgeous day to wander...
Written September 16, 2022
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FreqTrav704
South Daytona, FL209 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Feb 2020
A friend recommended I visit when I was in SLC for a meeting. AS colleague and I went. Pretty area, little hilly, little wet/muddy due to recent weather. The creative areas they have planned for kids (when the plants grow/bloom) are lovely. I'd love to see something similar for adults. There was an art exhibit inside, too. .
Written February 5, 2020
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