Located adjacent to the University of Utah and nestled next to the Wasatch foothills, Red Butte Arboretum's mix of ornamental plants, natural plantings, and natural habitats along with Red Butte Creek and various ponds attract many bird species. Trails through the grounds lead to different habitats and lead along Red Butte Creek and up into Red Butte Canyon.
While birds are around all year, the best times to visit are in spring and fall for migratory species including warblers, vireos and BLACK-HEADED GROSBEAK and summer for breeders. Birds that prefer undergrowth and shrubby habitats like BLUE-GRAY GNATCATCHER, GRAY CATBIRD, MACGILLIVRAY'S WARBLER and SPOTTED TOWHEE are more likely to be found here rather than at the University of Utah.
Red Butte Arboretum can be reached by taking the 400S east from 1-15 or by going north on Foothill Drive from I-80 then turning east onto Wakara Way and taking it all the way up to the aboretum.