San Diego Zoo and San Diego Zoo Safari Park Temporarily Closed
In following the guidance set forth from the Governor’s Office, the San Diego Zoo and the San Diego Zoo Safari Park are temporarily closed.
We continue to have essential and dedicated staff on grounds at both parks, ensuring that the wildlife in our care continue to thrive. The urgent nature of our work to save species is unchanged, even in the face of this pandemic. Species will continue to disappear from the planet at an accelerated rate if we do not remain steadfast in fulfilling our mission. We keep at the forefront of our thoughts the well-being of these dedicated employees and the many volunteers who make our parks such special places to visit. We look forward to the day we get to welcome our guests back.
The information below will apply at our reopening. Please continue to check this page for updates..
Hours of operation
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Expected Health Screening Wait Time
The Safari Park is temporarily operating at reduced capacity. Reservations are now required for entry.
All Guests must pass through the our Health Screening check prior to entry. Wait times can fluctuate and will be busier on weekends and peak visitation times. Please plan accordingly.
Open every day of the year, rain or shine, including all holidays. Search hours up to three months from today by clicking the orange calendar icon, then find and click on the specific day you plan to visit.
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.
Parking fees: $15 per vehicle; $20 for RV parking. Preferred parking is temporarily unavailable. It will resume at a later date on weekends and holidays for an additional $18 ($15 + $18 = $33 total to park in preferred parking).
For more information about bus and train schedules, please call 511 (San Diego's traffic and transit information service) or visit sdmts.com.
Zoo and Safari Park Map App
Navigating the Safari Park has never been easier! Follow the map to find directions to your favorite animal at the Safari Park or San Diego Zoo. The GPS-enabled app map will keep you on the right path.