Sonoma State Historic Park

UPDATE (June 23, 2020) - As California State Parks begins working with locals on a phased and regionally-driven approach to increase access to state park units where compliance with state and local public health ordinances can be achieved, it is important for visitors to continue to practice physical distancing and avoid congregating with people outside their immediate household. Everyone has the responsibility to mitigate the spread of COVID-19.

Here are some guidelines for people visiting Sonoma State Historical Park:

What is open now?
  • Casa Grande and Vallejo Home parking lots
  • Trails

What is currently closed at this park and throughout the State Park System?

At this park:
  • All buildings

Statewide:
  • Many campgrounds across the state remain closed until further notice. Some campgrounds have started to reopen with modifications. For more information, please visit www.parks.ca.gov/COVID19Camping.
  • Many high public-use indoor facilities, including museums and visitor centers.
  • Special events and tours continue to be canceled until further notice.

Are there any new visitor guidelines?

Yes, please see below:
  • Stay Local: Stay close to home. Walk or bike into the park. Parking is very limited. Do not take road trips to parks and beaches or to neighboring states.
  • Stay Active: Keep walking, jogging, hiking and biking. Watch for one-way trails.
  • Stay Safer at 6 Feet: Maintain a physical distance of 6 feet or more. Gatherings, picnics and parties are not allowed. Visitors will be asked to leave if there are too many people at the park, beach or on trails to allow for the required physical distance.
  • Stay Clean: Be prepared. Bring soap/sanitizer and pack out all trash.
  • Stay Covered: The state now requires you to wear a face covering in most indoor settings and public outdoor spaces when you cannot maintain physical distancing of six feet or more from people outside of your immediate household. For details, please visit CDPH’s guidance here. Visitors should also abide by their local county health orders.

Thank you for your patience and continued support of California State Parks as we work to limit your risk for exposure to COVID-19 in the outdoors. For more information, please visit parks.ca.gov/FlattenTheCurve.

Phone Number

(707) 938-9560

Park Hours

 Park Museums are CLOSED

 

 

Dogs Allowed?

Yes
Dogs allowed only in historic zone and developed areas. Dogs not allowed in the following areas: trails, dirt roads, backcountry areas, historic buildings, and historic gardens.

Driving Directions to Sonoma SHP

The park's main office address: 363 3rd Street West, Sonoma, California 95476-5632.

Online reservations are not available for this park.

Upcoming Park Events

No events scheduled at this moment.

DAY-USE ACTIVITIES & FACILITIES
Historical/Cultural Site
Picnic Areas
Env. Learning/Visitor Center
Exhibits and Programs
Guided Tours
Interpretive Exhibits
Museums
Family Programs
OTHER FACILITIES & VISITOR INFORMATION
Parking
Restrooms
Drinking Water Available

Park Contacts
Administrative Office: 707-769-5652 |  Mission San Francisco Solano: 707-938-9560

Vallejo Home:  707-938-9559  |  Photo, Film & Special Event Permits: 707-939-6188 sonoma.events@parks.ca.gov


About Sonoma SHP

Rainbow over MissionUnlike most parks with a single plot of land and a continuous boundary, Sonoma State Historic Park is a scattering of historical attractions consisting of six midtown locations near Sonoma's Plaza.  Off the Sonoma Plaza are: Mission San Francisco Solano, the Blue Wing Inn, Sonoma Barracks, the Toscano Hotel & Kitchen, and the Servants Quarters (the remains of La Casa Grande).  General Vallejo's Home, also called Lachryma Montis, is less than a mile west of the Plaza. It was the estate of General Mariano Guadalupe Vallejo, Military Commander and Director of Colonization of the Northern Frontier and founder of Pueblo de Sonoma.  The headquarters of Vallejo's Petaluma Adobe Rancho is also preserved as a separate unit of the State Park system and can be visited the same day with paid admission to Sonoma State Historic Park.

Facilities

Free Public parking is located behind the Sonoma Barracks off of First Street West.  Public restrooms are located in the Sonoma BarracksCourtyard.
The Sonoma Plaza offers a variety of restaurants, shops and the Sonoma Valley Visitor's Bureau.  Dogs are not allowed in historic buildings. Dogs on a leash are allowed on the bikepath between the Mission and the Vallejo Home. Collecting or destroying anything in the park, including mushrooms, is prohibited.

Barracks at Sonoma SHP

Exhibits
The Sonoma Mission houses historical exhibits, an art exhibition, museum chapel and courtyard while the Sonoma Barracks across the street houses additional historic exhibits among several museum rooms along with our association's bookstore and gift shop. The Vallejo Home has furnishings of the Vallejo family, historic and serene gardens, a resevoir and a Visitor Center and Museum in the adjacent "Chalet".

Visitors to the park can also stroll through the streets surrounding the town’s historic central plaza or travel via the city's hike and bike path on the west side.

Seasons/Climate/Recommended clothing

The weather can be changeable; layered clothing is recommended.  Hot, dry summers with cool, wet winters.

School Tours and Education

Enroll in the Environmental Studies Program and Environmental Living Program

Attention Fourth Grade Teachers – Sign-up for the 2020/2021 school year for our popular interactive and hands on programming at Sonoma State Historic Park and Petaluma Adobe State Historic Park. Reservation forms are accepted April through July. Your students will remember this interactive park experience for a lifetime!
The Environmental Studies Program (ESP) at Mission San Francisco Solano is a day program where students learn about life at the missions. Emily Walski | (707) 938-9560
The Environmental Living Program (ELP) at the Petaluma Adobe is an overnight program focusing on the Rancho era of California History. Jennifer Hanson | (707) 762-4871

School Tour Information

Environmental Studies Program (ESP)

Volunteer in Parks Program

visitors touring toscano kitchen with docentCurious about volunteer opportunities? Sonoma State Historic Park and Petaluma Adobe State Historic Park are closely related cultural history sites that thrive witih activity through a variety of volunteer roles.   

Opportunities exist in docent tours, museum curation, bookstore sales, landscape maintenance, demonstrations, period clothing program and special events. Visit Sonoma Petaluma Parks, Inc. for events to attend and introduce yourself.  We want to meet you!

To express your interest in the Volunteers in Parks Program (VIPP) with California State Parks, choose a link below to apply and specify your park of interest. Send application or additional inquiry to the VIPP Coordinator at Sonoma.VIPP@parks.ca.gov.

Volunteer Links

Our Volunteer Program


Apply online here!
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Docent Conducted Tours

Site

Day of the Week

Time

 
Sonoma Mission Tours Friday, Saturday and Sunday 11am to 3pm  
Sonoma Barracks Tours Saturday and Sunday 11am to 3pm  
Vallejo's Home Tours Saturday and Sunday 1pm to 4pm  
Toscano Hotel & Kitchen Tours Saturday and Sunday  1pm to 4pm  

 

Private Group Tours are available by reservation in advance through Sonoma Petaluma Parks, Inc. (SPParks)
Private Group Tour Reservation

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