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Program description:

The Sutter’s Fort or Bust program is an interactive station tour that shares a glimpse of life at Sutter’s Fort in 1846. Historical guides discuss Mexican California, beginnings of American California, and the complexities of Sutter’s Fort as an agricultural establishment. During the tour, each group visits three stations: administration, sailor, and agriculture.

This program is offered Wednesdays and Fridays (February through June and September through November). Tours start at 9:20 am with new tour times approximately every 20 minutes. The final tour time is 2:20pm. This guided tour is geared for grades 3-5, and is open to public, private, charter, and home school groups.

Please note that this program goes on rain or shine, so be sure to be prepared for the weather. In the early fall and late spring it is often warm and sunny with temperatures reaching into the upper 90’s. In the late fall, winter and early spring we can have rain, fog, and colder temperatures.

Program fees:

The cost of SFOB is a $5.00 per person with a non-refundable $25.00 deposit prior to your visit. The remainder of the fees are due upon arrival. There is a maximum capacity of 35 people per tour time, with the recommended tour size of 25. Please note that one chaperone is required for every 12 students.

How to make a reservation:

Are you interested in making a reservation? Please email or call (916) 445-3755.

For more information about the program please visit or email the program coordinator at 

Thank you for your interest!