Hours and Directions


  • Tuesdays thru Saturdays
  • 8:00 am to 4:30 pm (when our site manager is on duty)
  • Not open on Sundays, major holidays, or school holidays.

Directions:  for a Mapquest Map, click here:

  • Take the 805 freeway to the Chula Vista area and take the H Street exit East.
  • Drive approximately 4 miles east to Otay Lakes Road traffic signal.  Turn right.
  • At the first traffic signal, turn right into the campus.
  • At the first stop sign, turn right onto the circular road.
  • Proceed around the campus until you get to the third stop sign.
  • Turn right, proceed up the short hill.  The botanic garden (seen by tall trees) is located on your left just past the Automotive complex.  
  • Proceed just past the fenced garden and look for a grayish parking pass machine on your left.
  • Purchase a $3 parking pass, turn around, and then park in any student parking place (in Lot E, F, or G) located near the garden entrance sign.

Parking Pass:

  • At this time, a $3.00 college one-day parking pass is required to park near the garden.  See the Directions above to find out how to obtain one.
  • Although the double-chain link service gates that access the garden may be open, please do not park inside the garden area.


  • Admission is always free.

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