Visiting Fort Ross State Historic Park


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 and 2 hours from San Francisco.

Fort Ross offers ample parking. The Visitor Center, restrooms, upper picnic areas, and trail to the historic compound are handicap-accessible via new ADA trails. There is also handicap-accessible parking near the fort compound. Directions: Click here for Google Maps link.

Hours: The park grounds are open daily from sunrise to sunset. The Fort Compound and Visitor Center hours are from 10:00am to 4:30pm.

Starting November 1st we will be open from Friday to Monday.

Holiday Hours: Fort Ross will be open every day from December 26th 2016 to January 5th 2017.

Regular Day Use Fees: (does not apply to special events such as Fort Ross Festival or Harvest Festival)

  • $8.00 per car
  • $7 (senior)
  • Bus (24 passengers or fewer) $50
  • Bus (25 or more passengers) $100

Dogs: At Fort Ross, dogs are allowed in the main parking area and on the paved walkways, and they must be leashed at all times. Service Dogs are allowed in the buildings.
For more information:
707/847-3437 Fort Ross Conservancy office, staffed seven days a week
707/847-3286 Ranger Offices

Marine Ecology Program
Fort Ross Conservancy offers a one-day or overnight Marine Ecology Program for middle and high school students
. Please visit our web page at Marine Ecology Program and fill out the application. If you have questions please email Sondra Hunter at sondrah@fortross.org.

School Groups / Environmental Living Program / Scouts
For information on the Environmental Living Program or Day Program, please see California State Parks Interpreters' website.
Or call them at 707-847-4777 or fortross.interp@parks.ca.gov

Things To Do
You may book a private tour, given in either English or Russian, by calling Fort Ross Conservancy at 707/847-3437 or emailing us at info@fortross.org
.

  • Things to Do -- Describes various activities available at Fort Ross.
  • Places to See -- Lists the many points of interest and provides historic background.

Hotels
Please mention Fort Ross Conservancy when making your reservation.

  • Timber Cove Resort, luxe meets Lodge in 46 newly-designed guest rooms and suites, with forest, cove, or ocean views. Unplug and recharge in this hippy-chic, Frank Lloyd Wright inspired 60’s coastal icon, just ten minutes North of Fort Ross. Coast Kitchen, panoramic Pacific views accentuate the clean and crisp presentation of a seafood centric, farm-to-table menu of wine country coastal cuisine.
  • Fort Ross Lodge, less than eight minutes north of Fort Ross.
  • Ocean Cove Lodge, less than ten minutes north of Fort Ross
  • Sea Ranch, 45 minutes north of Fort Ross.
  • Jenner Inn, 25 minutes south of Fort Ross. Also newly remodeled with a new restaurant.
  • River's End, Jenner, 30 minutes south of Fort Ross.
  • Bodega Bay Lodge, 1 hour south of Fort Ross on Hwy One, has numerous hotels as well.
  • Timber Cove Boat Landing, Brenda Verno: they manage a few rental houses in the area: 707/847-3278
  • Reliable Home Management, Alicia Frost: rents vacation houses in the area 707/847-3425
  • Raymond's Bakery and Elim Grove Cabins: 707/632-5335

Or try the various towns along the Russian River: Duncan's Mills, Monte Rio, Guerneville, Forestville.

Camping
Please mention Fort Ross Conservancy when making your reservation.

Private Campgrounds

Public Campgrounds

  • Stillwater Cove Park reservations: 707/565-2267 [Monday through Friday 10am-3pm]
  • Sonoma County Regional Park campground reservations: 707/565-2267
  • Gualala Point Regional Park, one mile south of Gualala, 707/565-2267
  • Doran Regional Park, one mile south of Bodega Bay, reservations, 707/565-2267
  • Reef Campground at Fort Ross State Historic Park is is open April 1- Nov 1 on first-come, first-served basis. Day use is closed
  • Salt Point State Park, Gerstle Cove is open all-year-round. Woodside is open April 1-Nov 1.Reservations: 800/444-7275 (first-come first-served during off season, otherwise reservations available through Reserve America 800/444-7275.)

There are 109 family campsites at Salt Point State Park. Thirty sites are on the ocean side of the highway at Gerstle Cove Campground, and 79 sites are on the east side of the highway at Woodside Campground.

For more information on Gerstle Cove & Woodside campgrounds at Salt Pt: 707/847-3221.


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, 19005 Coast Highway One, Jenner, CA 95450, 707-847-3437