Park Admission and Parking 

FREE (some special events require a fee to participate)


Inside Columbia SHP MuseumMuseum

Make sure to stop by the museum and the Friends of Columbia SHP gift shop. Enjoy a brief video about the park and browse the special exhibits about the area history. 

Museum Hours: Daily, 10 a.m. - 4 p.m.  




Photo of Tour SignTours 

Visitors enjoy a guided trek through town to learn more about Columbia during the gold-rush era. Please check with museum upon arrival. Meet at the museum around the tour sign. 

June 15 - Labor Day: Daily 11 a.m.

Year-round: Saturday, Sunday 11 a.m.

Groups of more than ten people, special tours must be arranged in advance by calling 209-588-9128.


Family Activities 

Junior Rangers is a California State Parks program designed for children ages 7 to 11 to learn about and explore their parks.Image of Junior Ranger Logbook
Junior Ranger LogoColumbia SHP offers two self-guided Junior Ranger programs with logbooks and prizes for completion of a program available at the Columbia Museum.

Visit the Columbia Museum for a Junior Ranger Logbook.

Your Junior Ranger will complete the self-guided history activity and bring it back to the museum for their prize.


Columbia SHP's Agents of Discovery LogoAgents of Discovery is a virtual scavenger hunt of Columbia State Historic Park. Download the app and play the game while you learn about this park's history.

To Play - Download the Agents of Discovery app using the free ParkWIFI or your mobile data plan. Click the “Missions “button in the app to find Columbia SHP and download the mission.

Good Luck, Agents!  


Columbia Hotels and Cottages

Columbia’s Historic Hotels and Cottages are currently not accepting overnight reservations.  The Columbia City Hotel and Fallon Hotel are still for tours. 

Fallon Hotel Front

The Columbia City Hotel and its sister, the Fallon Hotel, are authentically restored 19th-century country inns. All rooms are elegantly appointed with Victorian antiques, custom crafted wall coverings, and beautiful lithographs. Take a peak at the front desk.

Each hotel has a sitting parlour where you can peruse books and magazines, or participate in one of many board games.

While both hotels stay as faithful to 19th century decor as possible, modern conveniences such as indoor plumbing, heating. and air conditioning have been added. Each room has a half bath and a shower basket is provided for the trip down the hall to the shared shower rooms. 

There are also three charming Columbia Cottages a one-bedroom, two-bedroom and three-bedroom-each with a full kitchen, fenced yard and DVD player.

Please note, a 12% Transient Occupancy Tax applies to nightly room rate.