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Daytime hours: 9am–5pm

  • Descanso Gardens members can enter the garden early at 8am daily
  • Descanso is closed on Christmas Day, Dec. 25
  • Descanso is open 364 days a year and is closed on Dec. 25. There is ample free parking


Members can enter Descanso Gardens without a ticket. Non-members can purchase tickets in advance below or in-person at the Visitor Center.

Purchase advance tickets or become a member here:


  • General $15
  • Seniors 65 and over/Students with ID $11
  • Children (5 to 12 years) $5
  • Descanso members and children under 5 are free.

Enchanted Railroad

The train is currently closed for repairs

Take a light-hearted look at Descanso Gardens from a 1/8th-scale replica of a diesel train. The Enchanted Railroad is a Descanso icon, delighting young and old who climb aboard. The railroad travels a section of the Gardens near the Promenade.

Hours and Schedule

Requirements: Riders must be at least 30 inches tall and able to sit on their own
Schedule: The train is open daily from 10am–4pm, closed Wednesdays (Last ticket time is 3:30pm)
Tickets: Timed tickets are $5 each and must be purchased at the Visitor Center the day of. One or ten-ride train passes can be exchanged at no cost at the Visitor Center for timed tickets

*Please note: The train does not run in the rain.

Where We’re Located

Descanso Gardens is located near the intersection of the 210 and 2 freeways and is a 20-minute drive from downtown Los Angeles. Use the map below to get directions, or access the map here.

Our Address
1418 Descanso Drive
La Cañada Flintridge, CA 91011
Ph. (818) 949-4200

Getting around

Click here to download the current map of Descanso Gardens, which includes seasonal bloom and general information about the Gardens.

Around the Gardens you will see new interpretive and directional signage. Thank you to the generous botanical illustrators who provided art. Chris Chapman: Agave, Juniper, olive branch, Japanese Maple, hummingbird sage, oakling; Jan Clouse: Summer acorns; Mary Harden: Golden aster; Joan Keesey: California poppy, buckeye pods; Anna Mason: Rose Juliet; Gilly Shaeffer: Camellia, Matilija poppy.

Gift Shop

The Gift Shop is open from 8am–5pm daily.


Enjoy delicious food and refreshing drinks from our cafe from 9am–4:30pm daily.
View the current menu here.

Reciprocal Admissions

Reciprocal admissions are allowed during regular daytime hours. Descanso Gardens enforces the 90-mile exclusion policy. Please visit the American Horticultural Society website for details about the reciprocal gardens program.

Group Tours

We are not currently booking group tours.


A limited number of wheelchairs are available on a first-come, first-serve basis for guest use at the Visitor Center. Many of Descanso’s asphalt pathways are wheelchair accessible.

No animals, except service dogs, are allowed in the Gardens. Service animals are defined as dogs that are individually trained to do work or perform tasks for people with disabilities. To learn more about what is considered a service animal, click here. In California, to falsely identify or pretend your dog is a service animal is punishable by six months in jail or a fine of up to $1,000, or both. Penal Code Section 365.7.

This facility and its programs and activities are accessible to and by, persons with disabilities. In order to make this facility accessible to all people, we have made the following modifications:

  • Created parking stalls as close as possible to the entrance to the Gardens, designated specifically for persons with disabilities;
  • Added curb cuts, ramps, and level entrances to ease the transition into our Gardens and buildings;
  • Modified offices, meeting rooms, garden paths, and bathroom facilities so that they are wheelchair accessible;
  • Implemented a system whereby wheelchairs may be checked out at no charge, at the Visitor Center. Other accessibility devices for use by individuals with mobility disabilities are permitted in the Gardens.
  • Lastly, service animals are permitted in the Gardens as outlined by ADA guidelines.

If you require more specialized assistance, please call ahead of your visit at (818) 949-4290 and speak with a member of our Visitor Center staff, so that we can better understand how we can help improve your experience here at Descanso Gardens.


Descanso is home to many animals including birds, deer, mountain lions, bears, snakes, squirrels and more. Enjoy viewing these creatures, but remember that this is their home and we are the visitors. It is illegal and harmful to people and wildlife to approach, feed, handle, capture or harass any animal. Please keep a safe distance. Getting too close, feeding and touching are all things that can put you and the animal in danger. To find out more about the animals that live at Descanso or to report an animal sighting, please visit the Visitor Center. Descanso Gardens is not liable for harm caused to any persons on Descanso’s premises, nor for loss or damage to property. Visitors to Descanso Gardens enter at their own risk.