Sutter's Fort State Historic Park

EFFECTIVE (November 11, 2020) - 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.

The COVID-19 pandemic continues to be dynamic and fluid. As such, information on this webpage may change. Prior to visiting us, please check this webpage again right before you visit the park to find out if new guidelines are in place.

As a reminder, Californians are encouraged to avoid road trips and stay close to home, maintain physical distancing, wear a face covering when a physical distance of six feet cannot be maintained from others, and avoid congregating. Everyone has the responsibility to slow down the spread of COVID-19. Visitors should also abide by their local county health orders.

Here are some additional guidelines for locals visiting Sutter’s Fort State Historic Park. 

What is open now?
  • The exterior grounds are open to the public.  

What is currently closed?
  • All interior areas of Sutter’s Fort are closed to the public.

Are there any new visitor guidelines?
Yes, please see below:
  • Stay Safer at 6 Feet: No matter the recreational activity, maintain a physical distance of 6 feet or more. No more than three households in a group is permitted. Mixing between group gatherings, large gatherings or parties is not allowed. Visitors are being asked to leave if there are too many people to allow for the required physical distance.
  • Stay Clean: Be prepared. Bring soap/sanitizer and pack out all trash. Restrooms will be temporarily closed in order to keep up with cleaning schedules.
  • Stay Covered: The state requires you to wear a face covering when you cannot maintain physical distancing of six feet or more. For details, please visit

Statewide, California State Parks continues to work 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. However, the situation remains fluid and park operations can change at any time. The need for Californians to slow the spread of COVID-19 in the outdoors remains critical.

For information on statewide current closures and available services, please visit

Phone Number

(916) 445-4422

Park Hours

10:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m.

Dogs Allowed?

Dogs allowed only in park surrounding Sutter's Fort. Only service animals allowed inside fort gates and in exhibit areas.

Driving Directions to Sutter's Fort SHP

The park is located in midtown Sacramento between K and L Streets and 26th and 28th Streets.
Traveling on I-80, from San Francisco:
Take Business 80/Hwy 50 east. Take the Business 80 exit (north towards Reno) to the N Street turn off. Travel straight on 30th Street then turn left under the freeway at L Street to the Fort which will be located on your right.
Monday - Saturday, bring quarters for the parking meters. Parking is free on Sundays.

Online reservations are not available for this park.

Upcoming Park Events

No events scheduled at this moment.

Bike Trails
Hiking Trails
Historical/Cultural Site
Picnic Areas
Exhibits and Programs
Guided Tours
Interpretive Exhibits
Family Programs
Drinking Water Available

A Swiss immigrant named John Sutter received a land grant from the Mexican government. He used the land to build an agricultural establishment and named it New Helvetia (New Switzerland.) Almost a decade after it was established, miners coming to California for the Gold Rush overran Sutter’s land grant and Sutter’s Fort is all that remains of New Helvetia.

Today, Sutter’s Fort State Historic Park is open daily for self-guided tours. Special events and school programs are held monthly. Please call for a list of upcoming list of events and programs.

For general Sutter's Fort State Historic Park information, please call (916) 445-4422

Location and Parking
The park is located in midtown Sacramento between K and L Streets and 26th and 28th Streets. The entrance is located on 28th Street between K and L Streets (East Gate).

Driving Directions Traveling on I-80, from San Francisco - Take Business 80/Hwy 50 East (north towards Reno) to the N Street turn off. Travel straight on 30th Street then turn left under the freeway at L Street to Sutter’s Fort State Historic Park that will be located on your right.

Parking –Street parking is available metered by the City of Sacramento.

Facility Rentals
Sutter’s Fort State Historic Park is available for weddings, events, and gatherings with an approved permit and fee. For more information, please contact Francesca Martella at (916) 893-3534 or at

Friends of Sutter’s Fort Museum Store
The Museum Store provides a large variety of gifts and publications relating to Sutter’s Fort and California history. The store is non-profit and operated by the Friends of Sutter's Fort Association in cooperation with the California State Parks.

Seasons/Climate/Recommended Clothing
Summer and spring can be hot; fall and winter can be cold. Layered clothing is advised.


Photography is permitted in Sutter’s Fort and the surrounding park for personal use. Tripods and standing flash are not permitted.

Commercial photography is allowed on a case by case basis by advance arrangement. Visit for more information.

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