Plan Your Visit

Plan Your Visit



Let us answer your questions and help create your day at the Safari Park!  Search our extensive FAQ, or chat with our 24-hour virtual assistant.  

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Safari Park Hours

9:00 am – 7:00 pm
Directions & Parking

Directions & Parking

15500 San Pasqual Valley Road, Escondido, California 92027-7017

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.

Parking Rates

Parking fee is $15 per vehicle; $20 for RV parking. Preferred parking is once again available on select weekends and holidays, weather and attendance permitting. This is first come, first served; there are no in and out privileges. The price is per vehicle, and is an additional $18 ($15 + $18 = $33 total to park in preferred parking).

Public Transportation

For more information about bus and train schedules, please call 511 (San Diego's traffic and transit information service) or visit Families Save on MTS Family Weekends! On Saturday and Sunday, 2 children (12 and under) ride MTS Bus and Trolley routes FREE with a paid adult (18 and over)!

Guests with Disabilities

Guests with Disabilities

The San Diego Zoo Safari Park welcomes all guests. We have several services to help guests with disabilities enjoy their visit. The Safari Park provides special parking, rest rooms, and access to shows, tour buses, and exhibits for guests with disabilities. Please note there are steep grades in parts of the Safari Park. A complimentary ADA shuttle service operates inside the Safari Park for guests with mobility-related disabilities. Guests who use mobility assistive devices may also refer to the  map for ADA pathways and elevators. 

For full guest disability services and policies, 
click here.

Finding Your Way Around

Finding Your Way Around

Navigating the San Diego Zoo Safari Park has never been easier with the San Diego Zoo app! Follow the map to one of the preset walking paths or find directions to your favorite animal. The GPS-enabled app map will keep you on the right path. 

Apple iOS download here.
Android download here.

Want to view the Safari Park map on your desktop
or mobile device browser?

  • Open the PDF here
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    Guest Services

    Our Guest Services office is located at Ranger Base.

    Open daily to closing.

    For information on the services and assistance we provide our guests on Safari Park grounds, click here.

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    San Diego Zoo

    2920 Zoo Drive, San Diego, CA 92101

    The San Diego Zoo is the Safari Park's sister park to the southwest in San Diego. Distance between the San Diego Zoo and the San Diego Zoo Safari Park is 35 miles. Please allow 45 minutes to 1 hour travel time.

    Purchase a two-park pass here

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    In Child and Adult sizes!


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    SEPTEMBER 18, 2021

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