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Fort Ross State Historic Park

19005 Coast Highway One, Jenner, CA 95450
+1 707-847-3437
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As of November 3rd, we are open only on Fridays, Saturdays, Sundays, and Mondays (closed on Tuesdays, Wednesdays, and Thursdays) through March 15th. In addition we are open on state holidays: January 1 & 19, February 16, March 31, May 25, July 4th, September 7, November 11, Closed Thanksgiving & Christmas Day. Open December 22nd, 23rd, 24th and from December 26th to January 2nd. Because of Sacramento budget cuts, our days of operations vary with the season. Originally built by Russians in 1812, Fort Ross became a state park in 1909. Today 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 the Kashia territory. Our visitor center showcases a museum, bookshop, and an 18-minute video introducing the park's history. Some points of interest: Russian Orthodox chapel, replica Russian-style windmill, historic buildings and exhibits, cannons, historic cemetery and orchard, and a San Andreas Fault marker. You can also enjoy Sandy Cove Beach and numerous trails. Activities include hiking, swimming, marine mammal watching, and more.
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Suggested Duration: 2-3 hours
19005 Coast Highway One, Jenner, CA 95450
+1 707-847-3437
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Reviewed 25 June 2016

Fort Ross is a Russian Settlement preserve north of Bodega Bay on the California Coastline. It is part of California's earliest history, as Russian traders settled here long before the was gold discovered in Coloma, some 50 years later! This settlement shows how rustic their...More

Thank Dan C
Reviewed 19 June 2016

Before the Gold Rush days, California was a very remote land populated by native Americans where the interests of the Unites States were touching the interests of Spain and the Russian Empire. Fort Ross was the most southern settlement built by Russians, so it has...More

Thank heckfy
Reviewed 22 May 2016 via mobile

As our Girls Week in California continued we needed a little history.I suggested Fort Ross.Easy to get to on a windy road along the Pacific Ocean.Ample parking for all vehicles with an on your honor paying of a fee per car.Once inside all is included....More

Thank troiann
Reviewed 12 May 2016

I've lived in Sonoma County for many years, but only recently began to learn more about Fort Ross. I took a private tour from Hank Birnbaum, the program director with the Fort Ross Conservancy, and Hank was very helpful in talking about the history of...More

2  Thank David S
Reviewed 8 May 2016 via mobile

Fort Ross was a Russian fort where Russian ships docked and traded goods with local indigenous people. You can still see the grooves in the dirt where wagons carried supplies from ships to the fort. This is a great stop for a picnic lunch and...More

Thank Bill F
Reviewed 26 April 2016

We enjoyed a tour through their information center and gift shop. it was lovely. As an Orthodox Christian it was wonderful to see Russian visitors enter the church and pay homage to the cross and remark on the lovely icons. So many of us are...More

Thank Brenda H
Reviewed 25 April 2016

I was born in California, not THAT far from here actually, and never knew the history of Russians along the Pacific Coast. This is a first class tourist stop. The site is well preserved and interestingly stocked. The gift shop/museum has very good exhibits and...More

Thank collette2003
Reviewed 11 April 2016 via mobile

This park is a worthwhile stop for all ages. The visitor center has a short movie explaining the importance of this fort. There is also a walk-through of the history of this region and life at the fort. Then visitors can walk through the fort...More

Thank Carolyn K
Reviewed 7 April 2016

This reconstructed fort was the site of a Russian encampment. It has beautiful coastal views but be wary of Highway south of the Fort. Many miles of high, sheer edged driving with no guardrails. Breathtaking in more than one sense of the wordl

Thank Lqchar
Reviewed 27 March 2016 via mobile

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.

1  Thank Ashlie S
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12 December 2015|
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Response from FortRoss_1812 | Property representative |
Dogs are allowed only in the main parking lot and on the short service road that travels between the parking lot and the fort compound. Dogs are not allowed at the beach nor inside the fort compound.
30 December 2014|
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Response from FortRoss_1812 | Property representative |
Yes. Fort Ross now has ADA trails from the visitor center to the fort compound. We also have one beach wheelchair that we can loan to visitors for the day. There are ADA accessible picnic areas and the compound itself now... More
30 December 2014|
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Response from Dennis S | Reviewed this property |
It's limited, but will improve in the future.