Visiting Fort Ross State Historic Park

Fort Ross State Historic Park is located on California's Sonoma County Coast, eleven miles north of the town of Jenner on Highway One, and two hours' driving time north of San Francisco. Fort Ross is located on a wave-cut marine terrace between the ocean to the southwest and the coastal hills to the northeast. The park contains about 3,400 acres of spectacular wildlands. 

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.

Hours: The park grounds are open daily from sunrise to sunset. Even if the gate on Highway One is locked you are welcome to visit the park grounds. (Please park safely and legally on Highway One).

The Fort Compound and Visitor Center days/hours vary by season.  Days of operation are posted at, or call us at 707/847-3437.

We are open on Fridays, Saturdays, Sundays, and Mondays (closed on Tuesdays, Wednesdays, and Thursdays) through March 2016.

Fort Ross is open on state holidays: January 1 & 18, February 15, March 31, May 30, July 4th, September 5, November 11, Closed Thanksgiving & Christmas Day.  Open December 26th to January 2nd.

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 only in the main parking area, 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 Eceology Program and fill out the application. If you have questions please email Sondra Hunter at

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

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

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

Please mention Fort Ross Conservancy when making your reservation.

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

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 until Nov 1, 2014 on first-come, first-served basis. Day use is closed
  • Salt Point State Park, Gerstle Cove is open all-year-round. Woodside is open until Nov 1, 2014. Reservations: 800/444-7275 (first-come first-served during off season, otherwise reservations available through Reserve America.)

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