Tours at Fort Ross

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Fort Ross Conservancy, the nonprofit that supports Fort Ross, offers regularly scheduled group tours (see below), but if you want to book a private customized tour, please book in advance here. There are several options to experience and learn about and Fort Ross’ rich and diverse natural and cultural history:

  • Private Tour: Book a customizable tour to suit your schedule. Explore the natural and cultural history both inside and outside the fort compound walls under the guidance of a knowledgeable tour guide. Meet at Visitor Center. $20 per person per hour ($40 minimum). Children, 12 & under, free. Tell us what you’re most interested to see at Fort Ross and we will customize your tour. Find inspiration here! Optional Tea — Finish your customized tour in the historic compound with optional hot tea from our samovar and tasty treats.
  • Group Tour: Join a one-hour comprehensive tour of the Fort Compound & Environs starting at 1pm and 2:30 at the Visitor Center. Availability depends on the season – call to confirm.  $5/person, kids 12 & under free. (707) 847-3437.
  • First Saturday Group Tour and Tea: On the First Saturday of every month, join our special one-hour Group Tour of Fort Compound & environs plus samovar tea. $20/person. Kids 12 & under free. Meet at Visitor Center (and ends in Fort Compound). 2:30-4:30pm, First Saturdays of every month, year-around. Please RSVP to ensure it’s available on the day of your visit.
  • Educational Opportunities: For school and service groups — students, Girl and Boy Scouts, multiple homeschooling groups, etc.

Availability depends on the season – call to confirm.  (707) 847-3437.


We are a small hard-working nonprofit; please cancel at least 48 hours before your tour or pay a $100 cancellation fee. Contact us with your questions at 707/847-3437 or info@fortross.org.  Thank you! 

Please note: Fort Ross Conservancy prides itself in paying its employees a living wage. To avoid the risk of unequal and/or discriminatory tipping, Fort Ross Conservancy’s employees are not permitted to accept gratuities from visitors.  Please consider making a donation to our organization instead.

We highly recommend enjoying a meal outside during your visit to Fort Ross. Feel free to bring a picnic, or if we have sufficient advance notice we can provide a catered lunch at an additional cost. Picnic tables are located near the parking lot, in the fort, in the Call Picnic Area (with ocean view) or in the orchard.


Fort Ross Conservancy Tours


Tour Customer Reviews

“We were really impressed with Fort Ross, all of us, particularly how you provide such a wide-ranging explanation of the history. I’d been apprehensive that it would be very pro-Russian in a sort of kitschy romantic view, but you give the many layers of the history, with attention to the Native Americans and the Native Alaskans, plus the Russian experience.”
Reviewed August 2017

“It was very dear to meet you today. Thank you for the lovely suggestions in the hospitable and welcoming spirit. Both Denis and I had a lovely and unforgettable experience. We appreciate the way you support the Russian culture. Thank you for all you do.”
Reviewed May 2017

“This is a very belated thank you for the wonderful day I spent with you at Fort Ross. I know that I cannot put into words what a memorable experience this was for me.”
Reviewed March 2017

Viator Review

“History and Adventure Combined! Our tour guide, Hank, was very knowledgeable regarding the local history. The park is very well maintained with friendly and knowledgeable staff. The opportunities to explore on your own were abundant and beautiful. ”
Reviewed March 2016

Some of our many very positive Trip Advisor reviews:“What a surprising place!… This is SO worth the drive up Highway1! The history is so interesting and the historical interpreter we had… is a total gem — fluent in Russian as well as English and a brilliant and fascinating lecturer for all ages. I have been to comparable historic sites and Ft. Ross easily beats them for the quality of the reconstruction and the context of the historical explanations. Our kids and ourselves were riveted. What a surprising place! Look for Hank!”
Reviewed September 3, 2014

We were really impressed with Fort Ross, all of us, particularly how you provide such a wide-ranging explanation of the history. I’d been apprehensive that it would be very pro-Russian in a sort of kitschy romantic view, but you give the many layers of the history, with attention to the Native Americans and the Native Alaskans, plus the Russian experience.