Folsom City Zoo Sanctuary
(in Folsom City Lions Park)
403 Stafford Street
Folsom, CA 95630
Winter (September 1 through May 31)
Thursday through Sunday
10 a.m. - 4 p.m.
Last admission at 3:30 p.m.; gates close at 4 p.m.
Summer (June 1 through August 31)
Thursday through Sunday
9 a.m. - 3 p.m.
Last admission at 2:30 p.m.; gates close at 3 p.m.
The Folsom City Zoo Sanctuary provides a safe haven for dozens of rescued wild and domestic animals. Touring the zoo sanctuary is the perfect way to spend the day and get to know the charming animal residents, including bears, wolf-hybrids, monkeys, birds, raptors, foxes, cougars, reptiles, insects, and many more.
Take a stroll on scenic pathways that wind through the zoo sanctuary’s wooded landscape while you learn the history and story of each special animal. Then, take a ride on the Folsom Valley Railway through Folsom City Lions Park.
The zoo sanctuary’s mission is “Teaching Responsible Behavior Toward All Animals.” All animal residents of the Folsom City Zoo Sanctuary are treated as individuals by the staff and offered the best environments and loving care for their needs.
We invite you to visit the animals at the Folsom City Zoo Sanctuary!
Fall/Winter Hours of Operation
(September 1 through May 31): 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Thursday through Sunday. Last admission is at 3:30 p.m.; gates close at 4 p.m.
Spring/Summer Hours of Operation
(June 1 through August 31): 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. Thursday through Sunday. Last admission is at 2:30 p.m.; gates close at 3 p.m.
Special / Holiday Hours
Saturday, January 21: the zoo sanctuary opens at noon (gates close at the regularly scheduled time of 4 p.m.). Community volunteers, docents, and staff will be working behind the scenes that morning to pack away the lights and decorations from the Holiday Lights event.
- Tickets: purchase tickets online in advance. Tickets are also available for purchase at the gate. Tickets cost $7 per person for adults and children age two and older; children under two years are free (no ticket required).
- The zoo sanctuary gift shop is open from 10:30 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. (winter) and 9:30 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. (summer).
- Please note that no pets are allowed in City of Folsom facilities. Service animals are welcomed and permitted in accordance with the Americans for Disabilities Act (ADA). The full text of the ADA Service Animal Policy is available upon request by contacting City of Folsom Animal Services at 916-461-6040.
Weather and Air Quality Updates
The zoo sanctuary may occasionally close or change hours of operation due to weather or air quality conditions. Visit the city's main emergency communications page for daily updates.
The Folsom City Zoo Sanctuary is located at 403 Stafford Street, Folsom, CA 95630 (in Folsom City Lions Park, at Natoma and Stafford streets).
- From Highway 50 take the Folsom Blvd exit and turn left onto Folsom Blvd. Follow approximately three miles and turn right onto Natoma Street. Follow for a half mile and turn left onto Stafford Street. Take the first right into the parking lot; the zoo sanctuary is located adjacent to the parking lot (parking is free).
- From I-80 take the Eureka exit; follow for one mile and turn left onto Douglas Blvd. Follow for approximately three miles and turn right onto Folsom/Auburn Road. Follow for approximately four miles and turn left at the traffic light onto Natoma Street. Follow for a half mile and turn left onto Stafford Street. Take the first right into the parking lot; the zoo sanctuary is located adjacent to the parking lot (parking is free).
For additional information, call 916-461-6629 and leave a message. We will respond as quickly as we can.
All aboard! The Folsom Valley Railway operates a miniature scale live steam train on a track that circles through City Lions Park. The open car round-trip ride lasts approximately 10 minutes.
Folsom Valley Railway Hours of Operation and Ride Tickets:
- Weekdays: 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. Thursdays and Fridays
- Weekends: 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. Saturdays and Sundays
- Ride Tickets: $3/person; purchase tickets onsite directly from the train operator
- Weather permitting: please note that the train does not operate in temperatures over 100 degrees or in rainy weather when the tracks are wet.
- Please do not feed the animals. Our animals have specific diets and nutritional needs, and we request that you please not feed them.
- Please do not tease the animals. For the welfare of our animals, we ask you not to tease, whistle, or yell at the animals at the zoo sanctuary. Please do not throw food or anything else into the animal exhibits.
- Prohibited animals. In accordance with City of Folsom, General Administration Policy No. 110, only service animals are permitted on zoo sanctuary grounds; pets are prohibited. The Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) states that service animals are dogs or miniature horses individually trained to do work or perform tasks for the benefit of an individual with a disability.
- Prohibited items. No bicycles, tricycles, scooters, skateboards, rollerskates, or rollerblades.
- Photo and Video Policy. We encourage you to photograph or record video of any of the animals, but you must stay safely behind any barriers and remain in the public areas at all times. If you are a member of the media and would like further assistance to photograph or videotape animals at closer range, please email or call 916-461-6629.