Sutter's Fort State Historic Park

UPDATE (May 1, 2020): This park is temporarily closed to vehicular access, meaning there are no parking facilities and parking on roadways is prohibited to protect public health from the COVID-19 pandemic. Although this park is open to local residents, they must abide by the following guidelines:

  • Stay Local: Walk or bike into the park. Do not drive to the park.
  • Stay Active: Keep walking, jogging, hiking and biking. Watch for one-way trails.
  • Stay Safer at 6 Feet: Maintain a physical distance of 6 feet or more. Gatherings, picnics and parties are not allowed. Visitors are being asked to leave if there are too many people at the park or on trails to allow for the required physical distance.
  • Stay Clean: Be prepared. Bring soap/sanitizer and pack out all trash.

Statewide, many parks and beaches are temporarily closed or have very limited access to ensure Californians are abiding and practicing physical distancing. The goals are to make sure people are safe and to mitigate the spread of COVID-19 as much as possible. To view the list of closures and what they mean to the public, please visit

Phone Number

(916) 445-4422

Park Hours

Museum: Closed

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

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.

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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