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.
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.
Park 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, after November 1st the park will be open Friday through Monday..
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
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.
707/847-3437 Fort Ross Conservancy office, staffed seven days a week
Fort Ross Conservancy's Educational Programs:
Marine Ecology Program
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.
School Groups / Environmental Living Program / Scouts
For information on Environmental Living Program or Day Program, please see the website.
If you have questions about our educational programs please email Sondra Hunter at email@example.com or call 707/847-3437.
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 firstname.lastname@example.org.
- 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
- 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
- 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:
- Reliable Home Management, Alicia
Frost: rents vacation houses in the area 707/847-3425
- Raymond's Bakery and Elim Grove Cabins:
Or try the various towns along the
Russian River: Duncan's Mills, Monte Rio, Guerneville,
Please mention Fort Ross Conservancy when making
- 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 on first-come, first-served basis. The campground will open as soon as winter storm damages have been addressed. 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