Explore Best Friends Animal Sanctuary: Take a free tour

COVID-19 UPDATE: As of Monday, March 16, Best Friends Animal Sanctuary will be closed to all visitors and non-local volunteers until further notice. Best Friends cares deeply about the health and well-being of our staff and visitors and, although this is a difficult decision to make, we believe it is the best thing to do for everyone’s welfare. You can find additional information here along with contact information should you have any questions or concerns

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 more than 1,600 animals.

Please book tours in advance

Walk-ins are welcome, but because of the popularity of our tours, we strongly recommend that you reserve in advance, especially from March through October. If you do not book in advance, we cannot guarantee you a seat.

Reserve your spot for a tour

Grand Sanctuary tours

Our 90-minute Grand Sanctuary tours take you through the majestic Angel Canyon to Cat World where you can mix and mingle with some friendly felines, and then on to Dogtown where you meet a polite pooch and see where our Sanctuary dogs reside. You will also be able to see other Sanctuary sites from the tour van. Tours are available four times per day, every day of the year (except Christmas Day).

Please arrive at the Best Friends Welcome Center 10 minutes before the start of the tour.
Daily tours
8:30–10 a.m., 10–11:30 a.m., 1–2:30 p.m., 2:30–4 p.m.

Special tours

Guided hike in Angel Canyon

Join a Sanctuary ambassador on a one-hour guided hike of a nearby trail. Discover the history of the sandstone walls, learn about native plants and animals all while enjoying the beauty of Angel Canyon.

Hikes are considered moderate. Please preregister at least 24 hours in advance and bring plenty of water. Sunscreen and a hat are recommended. Children and leashed dogs are welcome. Hikes may be influenced by weather, trail conditions and staffing availability.

Please arrive at the Best Friends Welcome Center 10 minutes before the start of the tour.
Sunday and Thursday
10:30–11:30 a.m.

Angels Rest Walking Tour

Angels Rest honors that indelible bond and pays tribute to pets — both at the Sanctuary and in our personal lives — who have left this world. Enjoy this peaceful spot, where more than 8,000 special animals are placed among 1,700 wind chimes.

Meet at Angels Rest (see map for location). Access may be limited for those with mobility issues.
9–9:30 a.m.

Behind the Scenes of Old Dogtown

Stroll the streets of the original Dogtown to visit our canine friends (must be at least 18 years of age).

Please arrive at the Best Friends Welcome Center 10 minutes before the start of the tour.
Sunday, Monday, Tuesday
1–2:30 p.m.

Animal area tours

Please arrive at the Best Friends Welcome Center 20 minutes before the start of each tour for directions to meet at the specific animal headquarters.


Monday through Friday
8:30–10 a.m.

Cat World Headquarters

For visitors those 12 years and older
Wednesday, Thursday, Friday
1–2:30 p.m.

Horse Haven and Marshall’s Piggy Paradise

Monday, Wednesday
9–9:45 a.m.

Horse Haven Horsemanship Demo

Tuesday, Friday
10:30 a.m. – noon

Parrot Garden

11–11:45 a.m.

Bunny House

2–2:45 p.m.

Wild Friends

10:15–11 a.m.

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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