Private Tours at Fort Ross State Historic Park

Fort Ross Conservancy offers private tours on days the park is open; due to state-wide service reductions our days of operation now vary with the season. Private tours need to be scheduled in advance by calling 707/847-3437 or emailing us at info [at] fortross[dot] org.

Fort Ross Conservancy offers tours for $125. per hour plus $75 for each

additional hour for up to 20 people; depending on the group size, groups over 20 people may be required to pay a surcharge. Tours can be given in English or Russian. The content and length of each tour is configurable based on your interests. Please cancel at least 48 hours  before your tour or pay a $100 cancellation fee.

We highly recommend enjoying a meal outside during your visit to Fort Ross. Feel free to bring a picnic, or if we have sufficient advanced notice we can provide a catered lunch at an additional cost.

Also note that California State Parks Interpretive staff offer 30 minute talks within the fort compound at no charge on most (not all) weekends.

What Does an FRC Fort Ross Tour Cover?

Private tours are configurable based on your interest and how much time you have. Please find below our suggested highlights of places to see at Fort Ross. We will make every effort to accommodate your specific needs, so please let us know your preferences.

  • Welcome to Fort Ross State Historic Park Visitor Center: Independently tour museum, view film (18 min.), visit gift shop & restrooms.
    (30 minutes total)

 

 

  • Guided walking tour from Visitor Center to Fort Compound, Learn about different neighborhoods of Settlement Ross.
    (15 minutes total)
  • Guided introduction to Fort Compound (while seated in fort)
    (15 minutes total)
  • Guided tour inside historic Rotchev House and Fur Warehouse
    (30 minutes total)
  • Independently explore fort barracks, blockhouses and chapel
    (30 minutes total)
  • Independently walk to and from Sandy Beach Cove
    ( 45 minutes +)
  • Independently complete loop walk from Fort Compound to windmill and then return visit to Visitor Center
    ( 25 minutes + )

Recommended minimum Fort Ross tour time: 3+ hrs. (or 2+ hrs. w/o beach visit & film); many visitors manage with less time, but it can get rushed. Please note that FRC only charges for the time spent with the guide.

Optional Fort Ross Visits, Tours and Services

  • Redwood grove atop San Andreas Fault, located on east side of Highway One above fort
    (20 minutes+)
  • Guided tour of historic orchard (adjacent to redwood grove)
    (20 minutes+)
  • Guided Call House (a house museum) visit, for background on the post-Russian early California “Ranch Era”)
    (20 minutes+)
  • Guided historic replica windmill visit
    (15 minutes +)
  • Guided historic cemetery visit
    (20 minutes +)
  • Marine mammal viewing and interpretive hike to learn about the Steller and California Sea Lions that live off our coast
    (45 minutes +)
  • Guide to accompany your group to other historic Russian-America Company and Fort Ross-related sites en route to and from Fort Ross State Historic Park (Bodega Bay, ranches, etc.)
    (1 hour +)
  • Catered lunch (outdoors or indoors) can be arranged upon request.
  • Assistance with local accommodations and camping available upon request.

Fees: Fort Ross Conservancy offers tours for $125. per hour plus $75 for each additional hour. We are a small hardworking nonprofit; please cancel at least 48 hours before your tour or pay a $100 cancellation fee. Thank you!