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Flashlight Nights

DATE: Saturdays | Aug. 1 - Sept. 26
TIME: 6:30 pm – 9:00 pm
PRICE: Adults: $14.95 | Youth: $9.95 | Members: Free

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New dates added!
Extended through September: Sept. 5, 12, 19, 26.

Flashlight Nights are nighttime self-guided adventures through the Garden. Nocturnal explorers shine their own flashlights along the trails to capture the night-blooming plants and animals that appear in the desert after dark.


Plus, enjoy


  • Self-Guided Exploration with Fun & Engaging Activity Cards


  • Wild Rising by Cracking Art | Starts at 6:30 p.m., illuminated at dusk



  • Shadow Puppets located at Center for Desert Living Trail | Starts at 7:30 p.m.



Self-Guided Exploration with Fun & Engaging Activity Cards: Click on one or all of the following links to download a fun self-guided experience for your visit. Print before your trip to the Garden or download to your phone when you arrive.

Download the Wild Rising Creature Safari

Download the Wild & Wacky Activity

Download the Hidden Desert Activity

Download the Desert Shapes Activity


Please bring your own flashlight from home.


A bar is available at Ottosen Entry Garden and will accept only credit and debit. Patio Café will be open until 8 p.m. with a variety of cool treats, drinks and snacks.


The Garden Shop and Patio Café will be open until 8pm. 


Online reservations are required and are limited to 50 guests every 30 minutes. Last admission is 8:30 p.m.


We want you to enjoy the Garden and be safe, please note that social distancing and face coverings will be required.



Wild Rising by Cracking Art

Now - Nov. 8, 2020

The Garden’s newest art exhibition is traveling straight from Milan to bring Wild Rising by Cracking Art—an installation of more than 1,000 animal sculptures made from colorful and recyclable plastic.

Mighty Monarchs

Sept. 30 - Nov. 22

Monarch butterflies and their friends are back! Take a closer look at pollinators that care for and protect our desert environment.

Fall Plant Sale | 2020

SOLD OUT | Select Days | Oct. 16 - Nov. 1

The Plant Sale is back with a safe shopping experience. Horticulture experts will help you find the perfect cactus, agave, herb or veggie to plant in your own garden.

Become a member and get unlimited access all year!


On-site programming is currently on hiatus.

You will now enter our LEARN portal, if you are a member, please login using the button on the top right corner of the page.
The Garden is now open. For details, click here.  |  El Jardín está abierto. Para más detalles, presiona aquí.
Advance ticket reservations are required.

On Saturday, Oct. 24, Sonoran Desert Nature Loop Trail will close beginning at 10 a.m. The entire Garden will close at 3 p.m. The Patio Café will close at 2 p.m.