Important Parking Information
While the Arboretum and Public Garden does not operate its own parking lots, campus parking is available in visitor lots for daily parking ($15/day) on weekdays, and free on weekends and holidays. Parking may be purchased through the ParkMobile app or website. Learn more about ParkMobile.
Here for a short visit? Use permit dispensers — located in the Gateway Parking Structure, and visitor parking lots 1, 5 and 47 — to purchase parking by the hour. Learn more about hourly parking rates.
Visit and Explore
The Arboretum and Public Garden includes the historic Arboretum — a 100-plus acre campus and regional amenity comprised of demonstration gardens and scientific collections — the Putah Creek Riparian Reserve — a rare stream and grassland ecosystem managed for teaching, research, wildlife and habitat protection — and the rest of our 5300-acre campus.
As specialists in sustainable landscape management and public engagement, and in support of our university’s environmental science expertise, we operate these areas as outdoor museums and living laboratories. Each holds opportunities for engaging and inspiring students to become environmental leaders, for the public to learn about the importance of sustainable gardening and natural land management practices, for visitors to informally explore the academic richness of UC Davis and so much more!
There is no charge to visit the UC Davis Arboretum and Public Garden; our gardens, natural areas and landscapes are open 24 hours a day, every day of the year. We welcome families, visitors of all ages, even dogs on leashes. Learn more by dropping by the UC Davis Arboretum and Public Garden Headquarters; the office is open Monday – Friday, 8 a.m. – 12 p.m. and 1 – 5 p.m.