Explore Best Friends Animal Sanctuary: Take a free tour

Please note:
To keep our staff, guests and the animals safe, we’re reopening to the nearby public on June 25, 2020. This means that residents of Utah, Colorado, Idaho, Nevada, New Mexico or Wyoming who drive to the Sanctuary are welcome to book lodging, reserve a tour or sign up for a volunteer shift. We look forward to inviting guests from all locations soon and thank you for your understanding.

Ready to experience the magic of the Sanctuary? Let us be your guide. Enjoy a free tour and fall in love the magical place that on any given day is a home-between-homes for almost 1,000 animals.

Tours by reservation only. Please call to reserve a tour, 435-644-2001, ext. 4537. Some tours are accessible by wheelchair; please let us know if you need wheelchair accessibility when you call.

Currently, all tours are outside and weather permitting. Closed-toed shoes and masks are required. We also recommend you bring water, bug spray, and a hat or sunscreen. All tours are limited to a total of 6 people. Durations and distances are approximated.

Cat World Tour – Sunday, Monday | Tuesday at 1:30 pm (duration: 1.5 hours | distance: 1 mile)
Come join us on a walking tour through Cat World. Take in some of the cute furry faces while we show you how we are helping cats heal and thrive.

Pig and Goat Walking Tour (long) – Sunday at 10:30 am | Tuesday at 3:00 pm | Saturday at 1:00 pm (duration: 1 hour | distance: 1 mile)
Discover the affectionate personalities of potbellied pigs and the endearing goofiness of goats.

Pig and Goat Walking Tour (short) – Monday | Wednesday at 9:00 am (duration: 30 minutes | distance: .5 mile)
Discover the affectionate personalities of potbellied pigs and the endearing goofiness of goats.

Parrot Garden – Daily at 11:00 (duration: 45 minutes)
Drive yourself up to our Parrot Garden for a special tour. Parrot Garden is the one place on the Sanctuary where you can talk to an animal and she may talk back!

Wild Friends – Daily at 10:15 (duration: 45 minutes | distance: 1 mile)
Drive yourself up to our Wild Friends Department for a special walking tour. Best Friends’ Wild Friends refuge is a licensed wildlife rehabilitation center for helping orphaned and injured wild animals get back on their feet.

Horses at Horse Haven – Tuesday and Friday at 10:00 am (duration: 30 minutes | distance: .5 mile)
The horses and other equine at Horse Haven have some extraordinary stories of their travels to the Sanctuary, and all of them are amazing individuals who can’t wait to meet you!

Gratitude Garden hike – Monday | Thursday | Saturday at 9:00 am (duration: 2 hours | distance: 3 miles)
Join a Sanctuary ambassador for a hike to the Gratitude Garden where you’ll have the opportunity to take in the peace and beauty of this special place.

Rocks, Raptors and Ruins – Sunday | Friday at 9:00 am (duration: 2 hours | distance: 2 miles)
Join a Sanctuary ambassador for the ancient rocks, raptors and ruins tour where we’ll introduce you to the “greatest earth on show.”

Behind the Scenes of Dogtown – Wednesday | Thursday | Friday at 1:30 pm (duration: 1.5 hours | distance: 1 mile)
Join us for an in-depth tour of where Dogtown first started (for ages 16 or older).

Grand Sanctuary Chat – Sunday | Thursday | Friday | Saturday at 2:30 (duration: 1.5 hours)
Come learn about the sanctuary and the animals that we care for here in beautiful Southern Utah.

Best Friends Scavenger Hunt – Daily 8:00 am to 5:00 pm
Stop by the Best Friends Welcome Center to pick up a driving map and start exploring the Sanctuary!

Sanctuary Store Shopping – Daily 9:00 am – 4:00 pm (duration: 20 minutes)
Shopping is currently limited, so make an appointment to visit our store while you’re here.


Please note: Tours may be canceled due to inclement weather or other circumstances beyond our control. Registering in advance will enable us to contact you in case a tour is canceled. Tours are not available on Christmas Day. If you are looking for more time with the animals, we encourage you to volunteer in an animal care area

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