Fort Ross Historic State Park, Sonoma County, Northern California

Fort Ross State Historic Park

Fort Ross State Historic Park is open only on Fridays, Saturdays, Sundays, and Mondays (closed on Tuesdays, Wednesdays, and Thursdays) through March 2016. We are also open on most state holidays and December 26th through January 2nd.  
Book your walking tour today with our bilingual tour guide.

Fort Ross Chapel - Russian Orthodox Church




Sunrise at Fort Ross

Park Hours
The Fort Compound and Visitor Center days/hours vary by season. We are open only on Fridays, Saturdays, Sundays, and Mondays (closed on Tuesdays, Wednesdays, and Thursdays) through March. Additionally open most holidays EXCEPT Thanksgiving & Christmas day. See Park Information page for more details.


February 20th, 12:00pm
Join us to celebrate "Winter at Fort Ross" with the Russian House Kedry.

March 12th, 1:30pm
A talk on "The Complete History of the Farallon Islands". See our Events page for the complete list of 2016 events. Questions? Email us at


Quick Links
Private Bilingual Tours
Give Fort Ross a social media shout!
Park Map and Directions
Fort Ross Digital Library
Fort Ross Introductory Video
The Replica Windmill
The Old Magasin
San Andreas Fault

Volunteer Opportunities

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.


Fort Ross Historic Orchard
The Fort Ross orchard is a living historic resource, with trees planted during both the Russian and Ranch eras. Read the newly released Orchard Management Plan, access the printable orchard map and brochure.. Orchard restoration has been generously supported by the Renova Fort Ross Foundation.



Youth scholarship

FRC Scholarship Funds
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 and ELP Day Program; FRC's Marine Ecology Program 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 Program Scholarship Application?

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

2016 Calendar
Plan your next visit by checking out our scheduled 2016 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