Red Butte Garden Trails

MODERATE 21 reviews

Red Butte Garden Trails is a 2.6 mile moderately trafficked out and back trail located near Salt Lake City, UT that features beautiful wild flowers and is rated as moderate. The trail is primarily used for hiking and trail running and is accessible year-round. Dogs are also able to use this trail.

2.6 miles 1033 feet Out & Back

dog friendly

wheelchair friendly

kid friendly

hiking

trail running

views

wild flowers

wildlife

1 month ago

Nice hike. The garden is awesome.

hiking
2 months ago

This is not a review but more of a question. Why isn't there access past the reservoir further into the canyon. I noticed when you get up by the reservoir there is large fences that run up both sides of the canyon and they have no trespassing signs.

hiking
3 months ago

I hesitate the give "Red Butte Garden Trails" a poor rating because there are a lot of beautiful trails in and around Red Butte Gardens. But the one shown on the map is probably the worst way to climb Mt. Van Cott. I wouldn't use the trail past the 0.6 mile mark on this map, it's too steep and loose, hiking this route will only contribute to erosion. Stick to the lower trails around the garden, and if you want to hike Van Cott I highly recommend the route up from Dry Creek (although parking is a problem there.

3 months ago

trail running
3 months ago

perfect place to take my dog for a quick run early morning or evening as it is not shaded.

hiking
3 months ago

Loved this trail, not too steep and beautiful views of Salt Lake City! Free for u of u students with a student ID too!!

5 months ago

6 months ago

I love hiking in red butte! Pretty views and the oak tunnel is the coolest!

hiking
6 months ago

A great trail for dogs. Moderate elevation gain towards the end but overall the steepness wasn't bad. Short hike but great views of the city and surrounding mountains.

6 months ago

Nice trail with good views and its dog friendly so that's a plus

hiking
6 months ago

Simple hike, decent views.

hiking
7 months ago

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hiking
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hiking
3 years ago

I think there is some confusion about the trail description. There are trails within Red Butte Garden and multiple (spiderweb) of trails outside Red Butte Garden. The differences are in order the use the Red Butte Garden Trails you must pay admission to the garden (excluding ZAP free days) and their are no dogs allowed within the garden boundary. There is a trail running outside the fence of Red Butte Garden property for public use with their dogs, camels, platypus, or other pets. All trails have great views of Salt Lake City and access to Red Butte Creek. Shade is available in Red Butte Canyon with the permanent water source of Red Butte Creek. Shade is limited when exposed out of the creek drainage as vegetation is not as tall. Diversity of plant and wildlife species and habitat depends on disturbance but there are great groups working to improve the habitat along the foothills.

hiking
3 years ago

This is a good hike right in the city. It doesn't have the rivers that some due and parts of it are somewhat barren but you also get some nice city views. Not a lot of shade in the summertime and not a lot of diversity of terrain. There are certainly more interesting and picturesque trails around but this is a good workout very close in if that's what you're looking for.

hiking
3 years ago

Liked the hike and the views of Salt Lake. Wished that i could have gone further but the wife got tired.

hiking
3 years ago

LOVE this hike. Did it with my boys,3 & 5.magical!

walking
3 years ago

Easy trail (more of a stroll than a hike, honestly) with beautiful city views and wildflowers. You often see rattlers on this trail sunning themselves so be careful. The best thing about this trail is it requires access to Red Butte Botanical Garden so you can see the gardens before and afterwards (and it is amazing in the spring with all the bulb plants) and the trail rarely has anyone on it so it is quiet and quick. Lots of Magpies out today. I've previously spotted fox on the trail too. This trail would be good for any age or ability - only about 400ft of elevation gain.

hiking
4 years ago

I have added a trail my wife, her 13 year old sister and I took. It is a combo of the main trails and animal trails along with some no trail action. A couple places where you must climb. And a few places where you must work through some bushes. Coming back down on the road it is fenced off, head north along the fence and there is a place to crawl under, or continue further north and the fence ends.