Fort Ross Historic State Park, Sonoma County, Northern California


Fort Ross Coastline

Fort Ross is open every day! See our Park Information page for details. Reef Campground is open! Call House Museum and Garden is open on the first weekend of each month from 1pm to 4 pm. In October Call House Museum is open on Saturday October 7th and Sunday October 8th.

HarvestHarvest Festival: October 14th
10am to 5pm - Harvest Festival
11am to 4pm - Wine Tasting
1pm to 3pm - Grand Luncheon

Join Fort Ross Conservancy and the Fort Ross-Seaview AVA  for an incredible day of world-class wine tasting, apple picking, and music, all set on the spectacular Sonoma Coast at Fort Ross State Historic Park.
Get your tickets at Eventbrite!


Book your walking tour today to explore the natural and cultural history both inside and outside the fort compound walls under the guidance of a knowledgeable Russian-English tour guide. Contact Hank Birnbaum to book your tour.

Environmental Living Program
Open Enrollment for the Fort Ross Environmental Living Program (ELP/ELDP) start April 1st.  Applications submitted before April 1st for the following school year will not be considered. All applications are accepted on a first come first serve basis according to space availability.

Fill out our online  ELP/ELDP Reservation Form here.

Marine Activities at Fort Ross
Fort Ross offers over six miles of pristine, diverse coastline. Learn about our programs and activities:
Marine Ecology Program
Beach Watch Survey
Doghole Ports Project
Marine Mammal Monitoring
Rocky Intertidal Species of Fort Ross
, add your pictures and species finds to our iNaturalist project.

TimberCoveBook your stay at beautiful Timber Cove Resort just 2 miles north of Fort Ross using the Promotion Code FORTROSS -- you'll receive a 10% discount on your room rate *and* 10% will be donated to Fort Ross Conservancy. Thanks for supporting us! 


Looking to work at a beautiful Sonoma coastal park? State Parks has a great seasonal job opportunity!
Trail Discovering Russian History on the California Coast: Click here to watch the Fort Ross, California Coastal Trail video featured on KCET.
Youth scholarship

Making Outdoor Education Accessible
We are happy to announce our FRC Education Fund to ensure all students have access to Fort Ross' wonderful youth programming. We offer scholarships for students to attend either our Environmental Living Program or our Marine Ecology Program. Please consider making a donation to FRC today to ensure all students can experience the joy of outdoor learning.

Call lHouse

American Ranch Era Video
FRC has released a 22-minute film documenting the Call House museum. Author and FRC Volunteer Extraordinaire Lynn Rudy takes us for a joyful walk through the Call House Museum while describing early-California life on the farm during the American Ranch period.

Digital Library

FRC Digital Library
FRC has launched Fort Ross Digital Library Project
 -- we've digitized and made available more than 100 manuscripts unique to our park, with more to come!

Tours FRC Tours
FRC offers private tours in English and Russian -- see our Tours description for more information.
SURF SURF at Fort Ross   
Since 2011, the Stanford U.S.-Russia Forum delegation has traveled to Fort Ross as part of the Capstone Conference at Stanford. Program delegates learn about our shared Russian American history at Fort Ross, engage in community service activities, and also participate in team building exercises. See our webpage for more information.

Common Earth, Common History
In 2014, the historic Izborsk museum, received a US State Department Peer to Peer grant. The goal of this grant was to partner the Russian museum with an American museum to learn best practices and create projects that were beneficial to both institutions. Each museum created an online exhibition to showcase the crafts and trade that thrived in their respective settlements. Fort Ross' exhibit covers the most prevalent 19th century crafts practiced during the Russian era.


Greater Farallones National Marine Sanctuary
The Obama administration has approved the expansion of the Greater Farallones National Marine Sanctuary. The Sonoma coastline, including Fort Ross and Salt Point, is now protected under marine sanctuary status.

2016 Events

2017 Calendar
Plan your next visit by checking out our scheduled 2017 events!

About Fort Ross

Fort Ross, one of the main tourist attractions between Bodega Bay and Fort Bragg, is a California State Historic Park showcasing a historic Russian-era fort compound that has been designated National Historic Landmark status. Located eleven miles north of Jenner on California Highway One, one of the most scenic coastal routes in the world, Fort Ross is surrounded by sandy beaches, panoramic coves, and redwood forests, with breathtaking views of the Pacific Ocean.

The 3,400 acre park offers pristine natural landscapes as well as historic structures and exhibits that bring
to life the former Imperial Russian settlement, early California Ranch era, and Kashaya territory. The park
is approximately 45 minutes north of Bodega Bay and about 25 miles or an hour’s drive from one of
San Francisco's oldest retreats, the Russian River.

Full Circle - Fort Ross Introductory Video

Enjoy footage and music from our fabulous bicentennial celebrations while learning more about  Fort Ross Conservancy's work on the ground.


Fort Ross Conservancy, a 501(c)(3) and California State Park cooperating association, connects people to the history and beauty of Fort Ross and Salt Point State Parks. 

© Fort Ross Conservancy (formerly Fort Ross Interpretive Association) , 19005 Coast Highway One, Jenner, CA 95450, 707-847-3437