Plan Your Visit

Plan your visit – an enjoy every minute and every mile of
your visit to Empire Mine State Historic Park

Here’s the information you need to know before you arrive.

You’ll find us at:

10791 Empire St.
Grass Valley. CA 95945
(530) 273-8522.

Daily Park Hours & Fees

10:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m. (Subject to Change)
(Closed Thanksgiving Day, Christmas Day and New Year’s Day)

Entrance fees:

$7.00 ages 17 & over
$3.00 ages 6 -16
Children under 6 admitted FREE

Tours: Cottage, Mineyard and Grounds & Gardens included with the entrance fee.

Cottage Living History Experience is $2.00 and FREE for children under 6.

Reservations are not required unless you are planning a school tour, a group tour, or a group luncheon.

Phone the Visitors Center for full details at (530) 273-8522. Or click here to go to our Reservations & School Tours page.

Lodging & Dining

For information on lodging, dining and other activities in the Grass Valley/Nevada City area click on and

Accessible Features

Some of our historic doorways are narrow, and some stairs are steep. Therefore, not all exhibits and areas are easy to access. To arrange for transportation, to borrow wide-tire wheelchairs, or to simply learn about alternative entries or lifts, ask at the Visitors Center – or give them a call on (530) 273-8522. Information is also available at


Dog Policy


Dogs are welcome visitors too – especially when their owners follow the rules. We have a six-foot leash requirement throughout the Park. Dogs are not allowed inside the historic buildings or in the mine shaft.  However, service dogs are allowed inside Empire Cottage and the Clubhouse.

Owners are responsible for removing dog waste, and citations may be given to owners whose dogs are off leash.

Fresh water is available for dogs in the Visitors Center and in the Blacksmith Shop. REMEMBER, never leave your dog in a hot car. Even if you choose a shady parking place, it can become a dangerous “hot spot” quickly. DO NOT LEAVE YOUR DOG IN THE CAR WHEN THE WEATHER’S HOT.


Horse Policy

horse-stagingOpen the gates at the Penn Gate parking area, and you’ll see a large staging area for horse trailers. Please stay on marked trails. You and your horse are welcome to explore the miles of trails, but horses are not permitted on the Park’s historic grounds. Ride safely and considerately – and have fun exploring!  (Open from sunrise to sunset.)


What should you wear?

What will the weather be like?  Find out on the right side of this page.  Generally speaking, Grass Valley is warm to hot in the springtime and summer; cool in the autumn; and often cold in the winter.  Our rainy season usually lasts from November through May.

Layered clothing is always a good idea.   Some of our trails are rocky and may be fairly steep; therefore, comfortable shoes are important.  Since the Park does have its fair share of poison oak, long sleeves and other protective clothing are highly recommended.  It’s also wise to have sunscreen and insect repellent on hand.

Click here to get directions for your visit.