Red Butte Garden General Information and Policices


Red Butte Garden Visitor Center
300 Wakara Way
Salt Lake City, UT 84108

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Red Butte Garden Amphitheatre
2155 Red Butte Canyon Rd.
Salt Lake City, UT 84108

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Open 7 days a week unless noted

January 2 - March 9:00 a.m. - 5:00 p.m.
April 9:00 a.m. - 7:30 p.m.
May - August 9:00 a.m. - 9:00 p.m.
September 9:00 a.m. - 7:30 p.m.
October - December 9:00 a.m. - 5:00 p.m.
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 received $1 off each admission. Full group payment due prior to entrance.
  • Rates, inclusions, and benefits are subject to change without notice.
  • Ticketed events such as Garden After Dark and concerts/events in the Amphitheatre are not included with daily admission.

Rates, inclusions, and benefits are subject to change without notice.


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 (801-231-9058 after 6:00 p.m.), 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 from 6:00 a.m. – 11:00 p.m. Shuttles do not run on days that the University is closed.


Portrait Photography

Photographers and videographers who wish to 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. Additional assistants and subjects/mobels will be charged regular admission fees.

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. Other assistants and subjects/models will be charged regular admission fees. The permit is valid for a year from the date of purchase. All other rules and regulations apply.

Wedding photography/portraits: All photographers must call ahead to schedule wedding portrait sessions. 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 Policy

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 portrait sessions must be scheduled in advance.
  • 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 parties who book an event in a particular location of the Garden have 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.


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.


ADARed Butte Garden buildings, Amphitheatre, and some other outdoor areas are handicap accessible. Complimentary tram tours operate May through September, seven days a week from 10:00 a.m. – 1:00 p.m. and are included with Garden admission. Trams tours are operated by volunteers. Complimentary tram tours are first-come, first-served, and priority is given to those with special needs. Trams resemble large golf carts; visitors must be able to board them without assistance. Private Tram Tours are also avialable and must to be scheduled two weeks in advance and cost $30 per docent. Please call our Visitor Center for special needs, requests, or questions at 801-585-0556.

801.585.0556 | 300 WAKARA WAY, SALT LAKE CITY, UT 84108
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