Chavez Ravine Arboretum

If you’re a botanical garden lover, make sure to visit the Chavez Ravine Arboretum in Los Angeles. The Chavez Ravine is a canyon in Los Angeles that is partially located in Elysian Park, near the neighborhood of Echo Park. The arboretum was founded in 1893 and is home to more than 130 species of trees.

The Chavez Ravine canyon was founded by councilman Julian Chavez of Los Angeles when he purchased the plot in the 1840s. The Chavez Ravine Arboretum was founded by the Los Angeles Horticultural Society; during the 20s, many trees were planted in the arboretum. It’s home to many rare trees, including some of California’s oldest trees. In 1967, the Chavez Ravine Arboretum was named a Los Angeles Historic-Cultural Monument.


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The arboretum is located on 929 Academy Road and visitors may enter free of charge. As you explore over 130 species of rare trees, you will find that some of the trees are labeled. The city of Los Angeles also offers a map of the trees, which you can find here. While you’re there to enjoy the arboretum, feel free to make use of the play area for  children, the barbecue pits, the benches around the arboretum, and the picnic tables. You can really enjoy an entire day of activities there.

Elysian Park, located at 835 Academy Road, covers 600 acres. It was founded in 1886 and is the second largest park in the city. Elysian Park is one of the best spots to visit in Los Angeles to see the skyline. From the views at the top of the trails, you can see the Griffith Observatory, Dodger Stadium, the Hollywood Sign, and Bishop Canyon. You can enjoy many gorgeous hiking trails, like the Echo Park Trail, the Wildflower Trail, the Portola Trail, the West Loop Trail, or Angel’s Point Trail. You’ll also find many picnic tables, baseball fields, and barbecue pits to use and enjoy. While at Elysian Park, don’t forget to check out the Portola Trail Historical Monument, the Grace E. Simons Lodge, and the Victory Memorial Grove.


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Echo Park is a neighborhood in Los Angeles and is known as the home of many famous Hollywood celebrities. It’s never boring in Echo Park, where you’ll find great dining and nightlife. In addition to the outdoor life at Elysian Park, many residents enjoy fishing at Echo Park Lake or going to games at Dodger Stadium. Downtown Los Angeles, the Elysian Valley, Silver Lake, and Chinatown border Echo Park.

Other sites to visit in Los Angeles:

-Los Angeles County Arboretum and Botanic Garden

-Los Angeles Zoo

-Ennis House

-Hidden Staircases

-Greek Theatre

-Griffith Observatory

-Portola Trail Historical

-Santa Monica Boulevard

If you are interested in learning more about the historical sites in Echo Park, or in buying or selling a home there, visit Real Estate Unlimited. We are a real estate agency with many years of experience in Los Angeles and surrounding cities in Southern California. We have listings in Echo Park, Los Feliz, Silver Lake, Highland Park, Mt. Washington, Eagle Rock, Elysian Park, and more. Call us today and we can assist you with a consultation.

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