Plan Your Visit
Park Entry Wait Time
Due to social distancing protocols, we must space out our guests entering through the front gate. Wait time to enter can fluctuate and could be up to one hour, especially on weekends and holidays. Please plan accordingly.
Weekday average wait time to enter: 10–15 minutes
Weekend and holiday average wait time to enter: 30–40 minutes
Directions & Parking
15500 San Pasqual Valley Road, Escondido, California 92027-7017Directions 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.
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.
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 fee is $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.
Families Save on MTS Family Weekends! On Saturday and Sunday two children (12 and under) ride MTS Bus and Trolley routes FREE with a paid adult (18 and over)!
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,
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.
Want to view the Safari Park map on your desktop
or mobile device browser?
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.