10:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m.
Friday and Saturdays in July and August we will be open until 8pm
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.