There is no charge to visit the Arboretum, and the gardens are open 24 hours a day, every day of the year. The typical Arboretum visit is 2-3 hours.

Starting Points

The main Arboretum path is a 3.5 mile loop. While there is no single entrance to the Arboretum, we suggest starting your visit at one of the following: Arboretum Gazebo (west end), Arboretum Headquarters (middle), or Arboretum GATEway Garden (east end).

Places to Visit

The UC Davis Arboretum and Public Garden is a living museum. Learn more about our 22+ gardens and collections here.

Upcoming Events

We offer a range of free education programs and public events throughout the year. Visit our events calendar to learn more.

Location & Map

The Arboretum occupies 100 acres along the banks of the old north channel of Putah Creek on the UC Davis campus.

You can download a visitor map, or pick one up at Arboretum Headquarters. The office is open Monday–Friday, 8 a.m. –12 p.m. and 1 –5 p.m.

While in the Arboretum, you can use google maps or the map feature on UC Davis mobile to identify the locations of individual gardens. Simply type the full name of a garden (i.e. Mary Wattis Brown Garden of California Native Plants) when searching.


Parking is available at several visitor parking lots along the length of the Arboretum. Parking is free on Saturday and Sunday and costs $9.00/car on weekdays. Permit machines in the visitor parking lots accept bills, coins, ATM and credit cards.

Suggested Parking Lots for Starting Points

Arboretum Gazebo (west end): Lot 55 & metered street parking (30 minutes-2 hours)

Arboretum Headquarters (middle): Lot 47

Arboretum GATEway Garden (east end): Downtown Davis (1.5-2 hours)

For Families

The Arboretum welcomes families and visitors of all ages. Learn about our free family programs on our events calendar.

Picnic Areas & Restrooms

Picnic tables are located in the Arboretum Terrace Garden and in the Redwood Grove. The lawns at the west end near Peter J. Shields Grove are perfect for informal games and picnics.

Public restrooms are located at the Arboretum Gazebo, Arboretum Headquarters, and Arboretum Terrace Garden.

Arboretum paths are popular with walkers, joggers, and bicyclists. For the safety of visitors and wildlife, dogs must stay on leash in the Arboretum.


The Arboretum and Public Garden is committed to making its collections accessible to all visitors. At this time, the west end of the Arboretum and the Arboretum Terrace Garden at the east end are level and most easily accessible to wheelchairs and individuals with limited mobility.

All of the education exhibits in the Arboretum can be viewed online here.

Disability accommodations for education programs will be provided with advanced notice. Please call 530-752-4880 or email your request to arboretum@ucdavis.edu.

Learn more about all 22 of our gardens and collections

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