This year is complicated -- please read carefully to learn what is open and closed at Fort Ross and Salt Point parks:
Fort Ross State Historic Park trails, beaches, and parking lots are open to the public. The bookshop is open but the museum is closed. You can enter the historic compound but the buildings inside the compound are locked due to Covid-19 safety precautions. Reef Campground is closed for repairs.
Salt Point State Park trails, parking lots, and campgrounds are now open. Please make your reservations for the campgrounds at the Reserve California website.
Fort Ross Dialogue 2020
Enjoy these short videos describing our Distance Learning Programs.
Environmental Living Distance Learning
Our ELP opportunities allow students to experience the joys of history, exploring the interaction between people and their environment. Students learn about the many cultures and ways of living at Settlement Ross. An ELP Instructor provides a virtual interactive walk-about of the historic compound to share this rich history, and provides tutorial videos of our many fun hands-on craft projects that students can do at home to bring this historic era to life.
Marine Ecology Distance Learning
Learn how the history of Fort Ross is still, to this day, tied to the marine ecology along the Sonoma County coast. Fort Ross’ history provides a lens through which to examine the ways humans have cared for or exploited the environment around them. Its rich history — starting with the Kashia Pomo, followed by the Russians, Alaska Native and early California period — all instruct us to better understand how human impacts have lasting effects on ecosystems. recordings.
Fort Ross Bookshop in the Visitor Center is open 10a.m. - 4:30p.m. Come into the Bookshop to find the perfect gift for friends and family. We have a wonderful selection! Note Cards featuring designs from talented local artists and photographers; Stuffed Animals for stocking stuffers; Fun, festive and cozy socks with your choice of favorite animal; A wide variety of locally made ornaments, from wooden snowflakes to glass blown jellyfish and more!
Fort Ross Conservancy connects people to the history and beauty of Fort Ross and Salt Point. In a normal year, we bring over 4,000 youth to Fort Ross and Salt Point for outdoor educational programs they will never forget. This year we’ve constantly adapted to the new normal with the goal of keeping our parks open, sharing the beauty and importance of our parks, and broadening our educational program reach.
Marine Activities at Fort Ross
Fort Ross offers over six miles of pristine, diverse coastline. Learn about our programs and activities:
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.
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.
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.