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Hours of operation

Open every day of the year, including all holidays. Effective immediately, the Safari Park continues to be a smoke-free facility, and this policy now prohibits the use of electronic cigarettes. (Full 2014 schedule PDF)

Current Hours: Spring Break/Butterfly Jungle (now through April 27, 2014):
8 a.m.–7 p.m.

Spring Hours (April 28–May 23):
9 a.m.–5 p.m.
Note: On Sunday, May 4, access to the Safari Park will not be available until 10 a.m., due to a road closure that morning.

Memorial Weekend Hours (May 24–26):
9 a.m.–6 p.m.

Spring Hours (May 27–June 20):
9 a.m.–5 p.m.

Summer Hours (June 21–August 17):
9 a.m.–7 p.m.

Summer Hours (August 18–September 1):
9 a.m.–6 p.m.

Summer/Fall Hours (September 2–November 27):
9 a.m.–5 p.m.

Thanksgiving Weekend Hours (November 28–30):
9 a.m.–6 p.m.

Fall/Winter Hours (December 1–25):
9 a.m.–5 p.m.


$10 per vehicle, $15 for RV. Diamond Club membership and up receives free parking: all other members receive a $3 discount with valid ID. Preferred parking is available on weekends and holidays for an additional $10.


The Safari Park is at 15500 San Pasqual Valley Road, Escondido, California 92027-7017. For general information, call 760-747-8702. Distance between the San Diego Zoo and the Safari Park is 35 miles. Please allow 45 minutes to 1 hour travel time.

Directions from the NORTH (southbound): From Interstate 5 (Orange County, Los Angeles), take the State Route 78 East exit at Oceanside, proceed east to Interstate 15 South, exit at Via Rancho Parkway (Exit 27) and follow the signs to the Park. From Interstate 15 (Riverside), exit at Via Rancho Parkway (Exit 27) and follow the signs east to the Park.

Directions from the SOUTH (northbound): From State Route 163 (downtown San Diego, Mission Valley) proceed to Interstate 15 North to the Via Rancho Parkway exit (Exit 27). Go east and follow signs to the Park. From Interstate 5 or 805 (Mexico), proceed to State Route 163, then to Interstate 15 North, and then exit at Via Rancho Parkway (Exit 27). Follow signs east.

Directions from the EAST (westbound): From Interstate 8 (Imperial County, Arizona) take Interstate 15 North to the Via Rancho Parkway exit (Exit 27). Follow the signs east to the Park.

Public Transportation

For more information about bus and train schedules, please call 511 (San Diego's traffic and transit information service) or visit





8 a.m. to 7 p.m.
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15500 San Pasqual Valley Road
Escondido, CA 92027-7017
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