Help keep our Arboretum and Public Garden spaces open

Directions, Maps & Parking Information

As always, we remain open

Even during these unprecedented times, the UC Davis Arboretum and Public Garden's outdoor locations remain open to the public 24 hours a day, every day of the week.

In accordance with the Governor Newsom's June 18 mandate, face coverings are required outdoors in public spaces when physical distancing is not feasible. Learn more about staying safe when visiting.

Office staff are working remotely and can be reached by email: and phone:  (530)752-4880. Messages will be returned within 24-48 hours.

IMPORTANT visitor information during the COVID-19 pandemic. 
Read the latest updates from our Director.

Maps, Directions & Parking Information

The UC Davis Arboretum and Public Garden spans thousands of acres and, for new and experienced visitors alike, it can be difficult to figure out where to park depending on the location you are attempting to go. Below is a list of locations where we frequently hold events along with links to maps and parking information.

In general, we recommend using our online campus map to get directions and find nearby parking information.


Parking on campus costs $10/day on weekdays. Only Visa or Master Card credit cards may be used to obtain a parking permit from machines in Visitor Parking lots. The permit may be used in all Visitor Parking lots on campus. Parking is free on weekends and holidays. There is one-hour free parking on Garrod Drive across from the Gazebo.

Also note that members of the Friends of the UC Davis Arboretum and Public Garden are eligible for free parking passes — quantities vary depending on your level of membership (UC Davis students and employees are not eligible for this benefit.LEARN MORE


If you are interested in visiting the UC Davis Arboretum, we have created a map complete with three different loop trails and parking options that we hope will introduce new and frequent visitors alike to something undiscovered. LEARN MORE

Putah Creek Riparian Reserve

If you are interested in visiting the UC Davis Arboretum and Public Garden's Putah Creek Riparian Reserve, there are multiple trailheads and options for parking. LEARN MORE

Mobile map

While in the Arboretum, you can use Google maps or the map feature on the UC Davis mobile app 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. 

Event Venues