Columbia State Historic Park

Phone Number

(209) 588-9128

Park Hours

Park Exhibits open daily 10 a.m. - 4 p.m. Most merchants are open from 10 a.m. - 5 p.m. Closed Thanksgiving and Christmas Day.

 

Dogs Allowed?

Yes
Dogs not allowed in historic buildings.

Driving Directions to Columbia SHP

Columbia State Historic Park is three miles north of Sonora, off Highway 49.

Online reservations are available 24 hours a day, seven days a week. Reservations can be made 6 months in advance via the ReserveCalifornia website, or by calling the toll free telephone number at 1-800-444-7275. Click on the Online Reservations link or the banner below that to go directly to our ReserveCalifornia page. If your stay will be in the next 48 hours please call the hotel directly at (209) 532-1479 for availability.

OVERNIGHT FACILITIES
Lodging
RV Access
TRAIL USE
Hiking Trails
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
Food Service
Parking
Restrooms
Drinking Water Available

RAIN DAMAGE ALERT

Due to water damage from recent rains on Aug 5, 2022, some businesses and exhibits in Columbia State Historic Park will be closed for repairs.

Businesses and Exhibits closed:

Brown's Coffee House
City Hotel

All other businesses and exhbits open.

 

Welcome to Columbia State Historic Park!

Columbia was once known as the "Gem of the Southern Mines."  Between the 1850s and 1870s over one billion dollars in gold (at today's value) was mined in the area. For a time, Columbia was the second largest city in California. Unlike many other settlements that disappeared due to fire, vandalism and time, Columbia survived. It was never completely deserted. In 1945 the State Legislature made the site a State Historic Park in order to preserve a typical Gold Rush town, an example of one of the most colorful eras in American history. Today visitors can take a step back in time to experience life in Gold Rush era of the 1850's and 60's in California. 

Parking and entrance to Columbia State Historic Park are free. Additional fees may apply for special events in the park. 

The park itself is still a bustling town with many local business to explore. Visitors can taste hand-dipped chocolates, a superior cup of coffee, savor fine dining, family fare or purchase picnic provisions.  Stagecoach rides are available, season and weather permitting. There's also the chance to relax at one of two comfortable hotels, listen to music in historic saloons, or take in a performances at the Fallon Theatre. Visitors can make a candle or purchase Columbia soap, wooden toys, old fashion clothes, or dress-up for a photograph.

Other highlights include taking a walk to the two-story brick school house and cemetery overlooking town, or hiking the one-mile nature trail where mule deer and wild flowers may be seen.

Daily Town Tours:
June 15th - Labor Day: Daily @ 11:00 AM Monday-Friday based on staff and docent availability. Please check with museum upon arrival.
Year-round: Saturday & Sunday @ 11:00 AM
Led by staff and docents. Meet at the museum.
Approximately 1 hour.

For groups over ten people, special tours must be arranged in advance by emailing ColumbiaSHP@parks.ca.gov

Our Museum is currently open from 10:00-4:00pm. Closed on Thanksgiving and Christmas Day.

Gold Rush Days  occur the second Saturday of each month from 1 to 4pm. Many special exhibits are open and hands-on activities are led by volunteers in period attire throughout the afternoon. 

Explore Columbia

About the Park

Hotels & Cottages

School Programs

Museum Town Tours Archives

Special Events

Columbia Merchants

Venue Rentals

Friends of Columbia SHP


Contact Us

Email: columbiashp@parks.ca.gov
Phone:(209) 588-9128
Address: 22708 Broadway StreetColumbia, CA 95310

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