York Street Visitor Guidelines

How long should I allow for a visit?

  • People typically spend up to 2.5 hours at the Gardens.
  • The average time that it takes to walk through the Gardens is about 1.5 hours.
  • Enjoy your visit to Denver Botanic Gardens!



  • Please treat our plants kindly and do not pick flowers, walk through gardens or climb trees.
  • You may bring your own food and non-alcoholic beverages into the Gardens. We have many beautiful sites where you can enjoy your picnic lunch or dinner. Seating is limited, and we suggest you bring a blanket for your picnic.
  • Help support sustainability by using the compost and recycling bins around the Gardens. The Gardens has a three-bin waste system: landfill waste, recycling and compost. We are actively working with the City of Denver and local compost facilities to remedy current obstacles to composting locally. For the moment, we continue to collect compost throughout our site.
  • Visitors are welcome to take photos and videos for personal use.
  • Art is more delicate than it looks—please do not touch or climb on any artwork.
  • The animals living in the Gardens are wild—please do not feed or touch them.
  • Please do not wade in pools or walk across them when they’re frozen.
  • For commercial and professional photography, refer to our Photo Policy for information on permits.
  • Here is parking, transportation and accessibility information.
  • The following are not permitted:

    • No pets allowed at the York Street gardens. Service dogs/animals are permitted. Please do not leave pets in cars—you will be asked to take them home.
    • The Gardens is a non-smoking facility (including e-cigarettes and vaporizers) by city ordinance.
    • Please help keep the Gardens relaxing for everyone—no loud music, bicycles, scooters, skateboards, frisbees or sleds.
    • Costume masks that obscure the entire face are not permitted for guests over age 17.
    • Denver Botanic Gardens is a LIVING MUSEUM full of rare, exotic and endangered species. Due to the sensitive nature of the Gardens’ grounds and horticulture some items are not allowed inside the Gardens. Balloons, potted floor plants, trees and florist-cut flowers (except for weddings) are not permitted inside the Gardens. No items that are difficult to pick up may be used at the Gardens (such as rice, glitter, beads, birdseed, confetti, flower petals etc.).

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