Fort Ross Historic State Park, Sonoma County, Northern California

Fort Ross State Historic Park

Fort Ross Chapel - Russian Orthodox Church


Baidarka Race


Fort Ross Online Store

Park Hours
While you are welcome to walk the park grounds daily from sunrise to sunset, the Fort Compound and Visitor Center days/hours vary by season: Currently open 10:00am-4:30pm Fridays, Saturdays, Sundays, and Mondays. 
Additionally open most holidays EXCEPT Thanksgiving & Christmas day. Please see Park Information page for more details.


Upcoming Events
Check out our Events page for a complete listing of 2015 events.
Festivity up next: July 25th Fort Ross Festival

June 27, July 11, October 10: Volunteer Workday with Park Champions

October 17: Harvest Festival



Quick Links
Shop FRC's Bookshop Online!
Give Fort Ross a social media shout!
Park Map and Directions
Fort Ross Introductory Video
The Replica Windmill
The Old Magasin
San Andreas Fault

Volunteer Opportunities
Private Bilingual Tours

Reef   Seals at Fort Ross  
Reef Campground
Enjoy diving, fishing, hiking, surfing, tide pools, picnicking, whale watching, bird watching, or just relaxing in the sun at this secluded cove just south of historic Fort Ross. The Day Use Area and campground are open from April 1 to October 30. Reef Campground has 21 campsites w/ flush toilets available first-come, first-served. No reservations are required.

Marine Activities at Fort Ross
Fort Ross offers over six miles of pristine, diverse coastline. Learn about our programs and activities, including our new Marine Ecology program for middle and high school students, volunteer for our marine mammal census project, and explore the intertidal zone with iNaturalist.


Historic Orchard
The Fort Ross orchard is a living historic resource, with trees planted during both the Russian and Ranch eras. Learn about orchard's past, present and future. Print orchard map for your next visit. Orchard restoration has been generously supported by the Renova Fort Ross Foundation.


Youth scholarship

At our July 25th FORT ROSS FESTIVAL we welcome the  St Petersburg's Horn Orchestra of Russia.  We'll offer costumed historical vignettes, hands-on crafts, militia cannon firings, horse and buggy rides, music & dance from numerous cultures, an international food bazaar -- and of course the Fort Ross beer garden!

Sponsorship by Renova Fort Ross Foundation, with support from Russia's Ministry of Culture.

Youth scholarship

We are happy to announce our FRC Youth Scholarship Fund to ensure all students have access to Fort Ross' wonderful youth programming. The FRC Environmental Living Program Scholarship Fund provides scholarships for State Park's ELP Day Program; FRC's Marine Ecology Fund helps bring high school kids to our park for a remarkable day of outdoor science education. Please consider making a donation to FRC today to ensure all students can experience the joy of outdoor learning.
Looking for the online ELP Day Program Scholarship Application?

Call lHouse

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 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 offers private tours in English and Russian -- see our Tours description for more information.
Tours The Obama administration has approved the expansion of the Gulf of Farallones National Marine Sanctuary. The Sonoma coastline, including Fort Ross and Salt Point, is now protected under marine sanctuary status.
2015 Events 2015 Calendar - plan your next visit by checking out our scheduled 2015 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