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Tree Tour

The University of Utah is the State Arboretum. For the official University of Utah tree tour, click here.

In 1930, Dr. Walter P. Cottam, co-founder of The Nature Conservancy and chairman of the Botany Department at the University of Utah, began using campus land for plant research. For more than 30 years, he evaluated plants to determine their adaptability to our region.

In 1961, the Utah State Legislature formally recognized Cottam's impressive collection by designating the University's campus landscape as the State Arboretum. The original legislation mandated that the Arboretum "provide resources and facilities for cultivating a greater knowledge and public appreciation for the trees and plants around us, as well as those growing in remote sections of the country and world."

See alternate tree tours and information below:

Click here to see the full list of trees featured on the tour.

The campus proudly is home to a number of state champion big trees. Click here to see the Big Tree Registry.

 Click here for a PDF Tree Identification Tour conducted by Dr. Michael Kuhns in 2011.

This same 2011 tour on Google maps with an interactive map and GPS coordinates can be found here.

Contact Info

Facility Operations Dispatch

Landscape Maintenance Office

Last Updated: 10/11/17