General Information and Policies

Yearly Hours

January 2 - end of February Daily 9AM - 5PM
March 1 - March 31 Daily 9AM - 5PM
April 1 - 30 Daily 9AM - 7:30PM
May 1 - August 31 Daily 9AM - 9PM
September 1 - 30 Daily 9AM - 7:30PM
October 1 - December 23 Daily 9AM - 5PM

Exceptions to Garden hours include:

  • Days when outdoor concerts are scheduled, Garden hours are 9AM - 5PM
  • Closed Thanksgiving Day and December 24 - January 1

Daily Garden Admission

ADULTS (ages 18-64): $14
SENIORS (ages 65+): $12
CHILDREN (ages 3-17): $7
CHILDREN (under age 3): FREE
  • Enjoy half-price Garden admission December, January & February.
  • Free admission on Veterans Day for Military w/ID.
  • Groups of 12 or more, receive $1 off the regular admission price for each person. Full group payment is due at time of Garden entrance.
  • Rates, inclusions, and benefits are subject to change without notice.
  • Ticketed events such as Garden After Dark and concerts are not included with daily admission.

Animal Policy

Only Service Animals are allowed inside Red Butte Garden and Amphitheatre.

Public Transportation

There is no direct public transportation to Red Butte Garden. However there are a few options that will get you close to the Garden.



TRAX as well as many UTA busses stop at the University of Utah and Research Park - even stopping within a few blocks of Red Butte Garden. For more information, contact UTA (Utah Transit Authority).

From the University of Utah and Research Park you can either walk to the Garden or catch one of the U of U's free shuttles (see link below). Please note that it is an uphill hike to the Garden Visitor Center from the bus stops, and there aren't many sidewalks in the Research Park area, so you may be walking on the road in some areas.


The University of Utah's ON DEMAND SHUTTLE will take you from the Medical TRAX Station to Red Butte Garden & Natural History Museum of Utah by request only (NHMU is next door to the Garden).

Monday - Friday from 6AM to Midnight (closed on University holidays)

  • Take TRAX to the U or U Medical Center TRAX Station
  • Cross the street to the Bus/Shuttle Stop
  • Either call or go online to request the ON DEMAND SHUTTLE
    • Call: 801-581-4189 / After 6PM: 801-231-9058
    • Choose "Medical TRAX" as the pick-up location
    • Choose "Natural History Museum of Utah" as the drop-off location

Photography Policy

Portrait Photography

Photographers and videographers who conduct portrait photography at Red Butte Garden are required to purchase a Portrait Photography Permit which is available at either a daily or yearly rate.

Definition of Portrait Photography: Red Butte Garden defines portrait photography as wedding, engagement, family portraits, or other posed portraiture of individuals by professional photographers/videographers or by amateurs acting in the role of a professional.

Daily Permits: A Portrait Photography Permit for non-exclusive use of the Garden may be purchased for $100 per day and covers the admission fee for the photographer and one assistant. All participants will be charged the regular admission fee.

Yearly Permits: Photographers/Videographers may purchase a yearly Portrait Photography Permit for $500. Photography studios with more than one photographer will be charged an extra $25 per additional photographer and each photographer will be provided with their own permit. The permit will be valid for the photographer listed on the card and one assistant. All participants will be charged the regular admission fee. The permit is valid for a year from the date of purchase. All other rules and regulations apply.

Wedding Photography/Portraits: All wedding portraits must call ahead to schedule their session. We hold many wedding ceremonies and receptions at the Garden and will refuse requests for wedding photography during another's wedding. Any unscheduled wedding photography will be turned away if a wedding has also been scheduled for that day. Reservations are accepted up to 30 days in advance of the shoot.
For reservations please contact the Event Coordinator at 801-585-9563 or the Assistant Event Coordinator at 801-587-5897.

Portrait Photography Policies

The photographer/videographer agrees to abide by the Portrait Photography Policies outlined below. Failure to follow these rules may result in expulsion from the Garden and/or denial of future requests.

  • All wedding portraits must schedule their session.
  • Tram rides are not included with the purchase of a photography permit. Arrangements for special needs must be made in advance.
  • This is a living museum and our plant collections are tender. Garden beds should never be walked in or otherwise disturbed.
  • Flowers and/or other foliage must never be removed from the plant.
  • Plant labels or other signs shall not be removed or disturbed.
  • Please be courteous of our other visitors and keep pathways accessible for them. Access to pathways, garden areas, hallways, stairways and rooms may not be blocked.
  • Please remember that any party who has booked a private event in a particular location of the Garden has exclusive right to that reserved area.
  • The Garden’s staff may be working in the Garden at any time, please do not interrupt their work by asking them to move.
  • The changing rooms in the Orangerie may be used if they are available. If not, the restrooms may be used instead. Personal belongings may not be left in either the changing rooms or the restrooms during the photo shoot. Red Butte Garden assumes no liability for loss, theft, or damage to personal belongings.
  • Portraits must conclude and participants ready to leave by closing time. The Garden reserves the right to limit groups arriving less than two hours before closing time.
  • Red Butte Garden Hours:
    • Apr 1 – Apr 30 9AM - 7:30PM 7 Days a Week
    • May 1 – Aug 31 9AM - 9PM 7 Days a Week
    • Sept 1 – Sept 30 9AM - 7:30PM 7 Days a Week
    • Oct 1 – Mar 31 9AM - 5PM 7 Days a Week
    • Days when outdoor concerts are scheduled, Garden hours are 9AM - 5PM
    • Closed Thanksgiving Day and December 24 - January 1

Smoking Policy

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.


ADARed Butte Garden buildings, amphitheatre, and some other outdoor areas are handicap accessible. Tram tours operate May through Sept. seven days a week from 10 am – 1 pm and are included with Garden Admission. Trams tours are operated by volunteers. We do not take reservations. Tram tours are first-come, first-served with priority is given to those with special needs. Trams resemble large golf carts; visitors must be able to board them without assistance. Tram tours at any other time need to be scheduled two weeks in advance and cost $30 per tram. Please call our Visitor’s Center for special needs, requests or questions at 801-585-0556.


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