Sutter's Fort State Historic Park
In an effort to prevent visitation surges and help stop the spread of the coronavirus (COVID-19), State Parks has implemented the following safety measures to date:
- Closed some parks, meaning all trails and restrooms within these parks are closed.
- Closed vehicular access at remaining parks, including for off-highway vehicle riding.
- Closed all campgrounds, museums and visitor centers.
- Cancelled all events.
A list of closures is available online at parks.ca.gov/FlattenTheCurve. The list is dynamic and updated on a regular basis.
In an effort to protect public health and the safety of our visitors, volunteers and staff as the state responds to the continued threat of COVID-19, California State Parks is temporarily closing Sutter’s Fort State Historic Parks. While we are not directly affected by COVID-19, we are monitoring the situation carefully and are committed to following California Governor’s updated policy on social gatherings to help slow the spread of COVID-19. We thank you for your patience, trust and continued support. We’d also like to thank our volunteers, partners, and staff for their commitment and dedication as public servants through these challenging circumstances. For the most up-to-date information, please follow our park webpage and social media channels.
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.
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 Francesca.Martella@parks.ca.gov.
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.
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 www.film.ca.gov for more information.