Fort Ross State Historic Park

Fort Ross State Historic Park is open from 10am to 4:30pm on Fridays, Saturdays, Sundays, and Mondays, and closed on Tuesdays, Wednesdays, and Thursdays until March 1st. Additionally, Fort Ross and the bookshop is open mid-week between Christmas and New Year's - we are open on Wednesday, December 26th, and Thursday, December 27th. We are closed on Christmas day. The park grounds are open from sunrise to sunset. Call House Museum tours are on the first weekend of each month from 1pm to 4pm. Book a private tour with our bilingual guide. Check out the options here. Reef campground is closed for repairs until further notice. Please call 707/847-3437 for updates.

Donate to Fort Ross State ParkAs you plan your year-end giving, we ask that you support Fort Ross Conservancy to ensure that we can provide another wonderful year of educational and interpretive opportunities at Fort Ross and Salt Point Parks. We are a small grass roots operation and your donation sincerely makes a difference.

The Cemetery Commemoration celebrated the collaboration to improve the historic cemetery. Joining California State Parks were Governor Brown, Russian Ambassador Antonov, Alaska Natives, Kashia Pomo, and Coast Miwok, Russian Orthodox Church officials, Fort Ross Conservancy, and researchers.

Enjoy this Fort Ross Festival video by Paul C Miller.
Thanks to all the visitors and volunteers who made this event happen.  Here are the highlights of the festival by Gabriel Ng. See you next year!

First Day Hike
Tuesday, January 1, 2019
10:30 am - 2:00 pm
Fisk Mill - Stump Beach - Salt Point
Email or Call 707/847-3437


Environmental Living Program
The Environmental Living Program provides an amazing overnight or day experience with hands-on learning, allowing children to experience the joys of history as active participants, exploring the interaction between people and their environment.

To learn more or book your ELP today, visit our Programs Page.

Marine Activities at Fort Ross
Fort Ross offers over six miles of pristine, diverse coastline. Learn about our programs and activities:
Marine Ecology Program
Beach Watch Survey
Doghole Ports Project
Marine Mammal Monitoring
Rocky Intertidal Species of Fort Ross,
add your pictures and species finds to
our iNaturalist project.


Book your stay at beautiful Timber Cove Resort just 2 miles north of Fort Ross using the Promotion Code FORTROSS - - you'll receive a 10% discount on your room rate *and* 10% will be donated to Fort Ross Conservancy. Thanks for supporting us!


Looking to work at a beautiful Sonoma coastal park? State Parks has a great seasonal job opportunity!

Making Outdoor Education Accessible
We are happy to announce our FRC Education Fund to ensure all students have access to Fort Ross' wonderful youth programming. We offer scholarships for students to attend either our Environmental Living Program or our Marine Ecology Program. Please consider making a donation to FRC today to ensure all students can experience the joy of outdoor learning

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.

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!

FRC Tours
FRC offers private tours in English and Russian -- see our Tours description for more information.

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.

2018 Calendar
Plan your next visit by checking out our scheduled 2018 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.

Certificate of Excellence

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.