Cows outside Farm Sanctuary
The Sanctuaries

Los Angeles, California

Cows outside Farm Sanctuary
Visitor Update
As a precautionary measure due to COVID-19 concerns, we are temporarily suspending public programs and events at our Sanctuaries at least through the end of September. This includes all tours, visitors, accommodations, and volunteer opportunities.

The Sanctuary Experience

Visitor with Honky Tonk donkey at Farm Sanctuary

Our 26-acre Southern California Sanctuary is located on a beautiful hacienda ranch in Acton, just 45 minutes from Hollywood.

When you visit Farm Sanctuary’s Southern California Sanctuary, you’ll know right away that it is a special place. Our Sanctuaries are home to rescued cows, pigs, chickens, turkeys, and other farm animals — and each has a special story. Their stories of struggle and survival, against all odds, give us insight into the realities farm animals face in the modern food system and also introduce us to inspiring individuals through their heartwarming tales. Animals who began their lives abused and neglected now spend their days digging in the dirt, basking in the sun, and napping in the straw. Each animal is given the freedom and attention needed not only to recover but to thrive.

During your visit to our Sanctuary, you can take an hour-long tour of the shelter with one of our tour guides, meeting our rescued residents along the way! After meeting our farm animal friends, visit our gift shop, which contains educational literature, cookbooks, apparel, and other souvenirs.

Child with goat at Farm Sanctuary, photo credit Michael Freund
“An amazing, must-see place. We brought our 19-month-old with us and she loved being able to interact with all the animals ... We learned so much.”
- Ela, Farm Sanctuary Visitor
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Photo: Michael Freund

Sanctuary Tours

Vertical explainer photo 1 - Man pets pig at Farm Sanctuary

WE ARE TEMPORARILY CLOSED TO THE PUBLIC.

Guided tours are offered Saturdays and Sundays year-round. Tours are held at 11 a.m., 1 p.m., and 3 p.m., and the gift store will be open from 10 a.m. – 5 p.m. Tours start promptly at the designated times. Please plan to arrive approximately 15 minutes prior to your tour. To visit with the animals, you do need to join a guided tour.

On very rare occasions, we have to close unexpectedly on tour days. We highly recommend checking the status of the tour you wish to attend before you begin traveling to the Sanctuary to ensure that we are open. To check the status, please call 661-269-5404 and press option 6. This information will be updated by 9:30 a.m. each tour-day morning reflecting the status of that day’s tours.

Prices
Adults: $10
Children 4-12: $5
Children 3 and under: Free

Man pets pig at Farm Sanctuary

WE ARE TEMPORARILY CLOSED TO THE PUBLIC.

Guided tours are offered Saturdays and Sundays year-round. Tours are held at 11 a.m., 1 p.m., and 3 p.m., and the gift store will be open from 10 a.m. – 5 p.m. Tours start promptly at the designated times. Please plan to arrive approximately 15 minutes prior to your tour. To visit with the animals, you do need to join a guided tour.

On very rare occasions, we have to close unexpectedly on tour days. We highly recommend checking the status of the tour you wish to attend before you begin traveling to the Sanctuary to ensure that we are open. To check the status, please call 661-269-5404 and press option 6. This information will be updated by 9:30 a.m. each tour-day morning reflecting the status of that day’s tours.

Prices
Adults: $10
Children 4-12: $5
Children 3 and under: Free

Woman hugs sheep at Farm Sanctuary
  •  Call to make sure that we are open
  •  Review the tour-day closures
  •  Check the weather and come prepared
    • The weather in Acton can be quite different from that in the L.A. area. Please bring warm clothes, umbrellas, water bottles, sunscreen, etc., as appropriate. Comfortable, closed-toe footwear is advisable during any sanctuary visit. If it has rained in the past week, we recommend waterproof boots, as the Sanctuary gets very muddy.
Bruno steer with guests at Farm Sanctuary, credit Melissa Schwartz

Photo: Melissa Schwartz

Due to events that we are holding at the Sanctuary, we will be closed to the public and will not be offering guided tours on the following days:

  • We are currently closed for tours and events

We encourage you to visit our events page for details and registration information for our events.

Events
Group of people with cow at Farm Sanctuary

Photo: Teri B Photography

Farm Sanctuary also offers private group tours.

Private group tours are $10 per person with a minimum charge of $150.

Admission charges will be waived for middle school and high school children that are visiting Farm Sanctuary as part of a school group tour.

Group Tours do need to be scheduled in advance and all minors will need to have a liability release signed by their parent or guardian before the tour. If you would like to arrange a group tour or want additional information, please contact Chelsea Jamieson at [email protected] or 661-269-5404.

Please note: Our front entrance cannot accommodate buses. Please let us know ahead of time if you will be arriving by bus so we can make special arrangements.

For important safety reasons concerning our tour guests and the animals, group tours are limited to guests aged 12 and older.

woman with cow at Farm Sanctuary

Photo: Teri B Photography

All guests 18 or older will be required to sign a liability waiver upon arrival at the sanctuary. Anyone under 18 will need to have a waiver signed on their behalf by a parent or guardian. If you are bringing children to the sanctuary who you do not have guardianship of, please email [email protected] or click here for a copy of the waiver to have signed before the tour.

Food at Farm Sanctuary event, credit Jennifer Costa

Dining Guide

Food at Farm Sanctuary event, credit Jennifer Costa

The Los Angeles area is overflowing with delicious veg options. Download our guide to veg eating in the Los Angeles area.

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How to Get to Farm Sanctuary

Farm Sanctuary’s Southern California Shelter is located at:
5200 Escondido Canyon Road
Acton, CA 93510

Farm Sanctuary’s Southern California Shelter is located at:
5200 Escondido Canyon Road
Acton, CA 93510

From Hollywood (about 45 minutes)

  • Take Interstate 5 North to Highway 14 North (Antelope Valley Highway toward Palmdale)
  • Take Highway 14 North approximately 21 miles
  • Take the Red Rover Mine Road exit. The exit will curve to the right; take the first left (you will be on Ward Road)
  • Ward Road ends at Escondido Canyon Road
  • Take a left on Escondido Canyon Road
  • The sanctuary is the first property on the left and is marked with Farm Sanctuary signs

The closest airport is Bob Hope Airport in Burbank, CA, which is approximately a 30-minute drive from Farm Sanctuary. The Los Angeles Airport (LAX) is approximately one hour from Farm Sanctuary. Please note: The travel time to and from airports significantly increases during rush hour Monday through Friday, 7 a.m. to 10 a.m. and again from 3 p.m. to 7 p.m. After arriving at the airport, you can rent a car from the many carriers at the airport, take Uber or Lyft, or take a shuttle.

Burbank Airport Shuttle

Super Shuttle offers a shuttle from the airport directly to Farm Sanctuary. Reservations are not required, although they are recommended. Shuttle buses are available at the shared-ride transport area in front of the airport. Look for the blue vans. You can reach Super Shuttle by contacting 800-224-7767 or via their website supershuttle.com or shuttlefare.com.

LAX Airport Shuttles

Super Shuttle offers a shuttle from the airport directly to Farm Sanctuary. Reservations are not required, although they are recommended. Shuttle buses are available at the shared-ride transport area in front of the airport. Look for the blue vans. You can reach Super Shuttle by contacting 800-224-7767 or via their website supershuttle.com or shuttlefare.com.

Antelope Valley Airport Express also offers a shuttle from LAX, but it does not go directly to the Sanctuary. A shuttle schedule and reservations for Antelope Valley Airport Express can be made by calling 800-251-2529. Upon drop-off, you will need to take a taxi to Farm Sanctuary. Please call Yellow Star Cab Co. at 661-945-9911 to reserve a taxi ahead of time.

 

Frequently Asked Questions

For their safety and the safety of our animal residents, companion animals are not allowed on the Sanctuary grounds at any time. Please do not leave companion animals inside your vehicle while you are visiting, as temperatures inside of a vehicle can reach life-threatening conditions very quickly, even with windows open. If a companion animal is found unattended on shelter grounds or in parking areas, Farm Sanctuary staff may call the police to investigate. Thank you for your cooperation.

In order to ensure the safety of our staff, volunteers, visitors, resident animals, and visiting service animals, certain areas of the Sanctuary are accessible only by staff, our resident animals, and visiting guests. A clean and safe area can be made available for a service dog during a guest’s visit to restricted areas. Please note that the restricted areas include all resident animal enclosures. For any other species of service animal, please contact us so that we can determine whether accommodation may be made.

Contacting us in advance to make arrangements for service animals is strongly encouraged to assist us in preparing appropriate accommodations for the service animal upon arrival. Please contact Chelsea Jamieson at [email protected] or 661-269-5404 to discuss accommodations for your service animal or if you have any questions about bringing your service animal to the Sanctuary.

Farm Sanctuary does not discriminate against sanctuary visitors on the basis of a person’s disability and will work to provide reasonable accommodations to visitors who need such accommodations to ensure equal access to our tours, programs, services, events, and activities. We want to make sure that all of our visitors have a meaningful and safe experience and are comfortable during a visit to our Sanctuaries. Therefore, we encourage individuals with disabilities who may have special accommodation requests to make a prior arrangement. To set up arrangements or for more information about accommodations that we can make, please contact Chelsea Jamieson at [email protected] or 661-269-5404.

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