Three-Mile Drive

Three-Mile Drive will remain open this winter, as conditions allow.

Road and trail conditions are assessed and updated daily. Click here to find current conditions.

Three-Mile Drive is a fully paved roadway that winds through the various collections and landscapes at the Minnesota Landscape Arboretum. Personal vehicles are typically allowed to drive this road from approximately April to November (please call ahead for open and close times for the season.) Walkers are welcome year-round.

As an official roadway of the University of Minnesota, sharing the road is necessary so all can enjoy the beauty and wonder of the Arboretum. 

Rules of the Road

Bicycles are welcome on the roadway in the bike lane located on the center of the roadway. All bicyclists are expected to abide by vehicle rules of the roadway including speed limits and yielding to pedestrians in cross-walk areas. Bicyclists are encouraged to announce themselves when approaching pedestrians from behind.

Pedestrians should use the pedestrian lane (parallel to roadway in most places) and are encouraged to use the paved walkways and trails that bring you into the heart of the Arboretum. A striped lane on the right-hand side of the road is designated for pedestrians when Three-Mile Drive is open to the Arboretum tram, circulators, other motorized visitor vehicles and bicycles.

Motor vehicles must abide by speed limits and yield to others

Large passenger vans and buses 26' in length and under should check in at the gatehouse to request permission to use Three-Mile Drive. For safety, larger coach vehicles are not permitted on Three-Mile Drive and should park in designated areas.

More Info

Scooters, skateboards and in-line skates are not allowed on Three-Mile Drive.

Arboretum shuttles and/or tram service can be arranged for private groups/charters. Contact for more information.

Bicyclists passing through the Arboretum on the Minnewashta Parkway Trail do not need to pay the admission charge. If bicyclists wish to stop and visit the gardens and grounds, enter Arboretum buildings or use walkways and trails, a $5 day pass is required for trail users age 16 and up. Arboretum members and visitors ages 15 and under, with a paying adult, are free. For a day pass, please pay at the Visitor Center or at the secure lock box at the trail entrance. Please lock your bike securely at bicycle racks only and affix day pass tag. 

Bee Line Photo

Visitor Shuttles

Bee Line Shuttles will not be operating this season.