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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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Hours Today: 10:00 AM - 4:30 PM
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19005 Coast Highway One, Jenner, CA 95450
+1 707-847-3437
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Reviewed May 17, 2017

We were almost the only people there midweek. Watch the video before touring. It is well worth the stop if you are passing by and worth a special trip if you're really a history buff.

Thank paumalady
Reviewed April 27, 2017 via mobile

I am proud to be a native Californian. And I am also ashamed that I did not know about the history here at Fort Ross. It is an actual fort that has many original elements. They also have a program they run for schools. The...More

Thank TheDunks
Reviewed April 18, 2017

Far as I know this is the only site in the lower 48 states that demosntrates Russian exploration and colonization attempts on the West Coast. The complex is a alrge reconstructed wooden fort containing storehouse, living quarters and defensive works. It gives the visitor an...More

Thank Paul B
Reviewed April 11, 2017

Not many people visit this hidden gem. It was an amazing find. As others correctly pointed out, it offers a glimpse of lesser known side of California where Russian settlements had their footing. Please do not miss the beach. We could not get into the...More

Thank Padmanabhan I
Reviewed April 5, 2017

This historic park provides visitors with a glimpse into a less known side of historic Alta California, a recreation of the 19th century Russian fortress & settlement. Fort Ross was established in 1812 by the Russian-American Company on land acquired from the Kashaya Pomo indigenous...More

1  Thank Funambulator
Reviewed March 27, 2017 via mobile

The Russians are coming, the Russians are coming! No, that all happened a long time ago. This is a wonderful historic trip back through time.

Thank TwoRockWest
Reviewed March 21, 2017 via mobile

This historic park was amazing! We had a great time learning so much and just taking in the absolute beauty of the place. We packed a lunch and had a wonderful picnic under the trees! A great day!

Thank Dena M
Reviewed March 6, 2017

Our overall visit was wonderful. It started with a very helpful person at the front desk of the visitor's center and continued through the small but information-packed museum portion of the visitor's center. Lots of history! The buildings and fort are interesting and it's easy...More

1  Thank Itinerant_Foodies
Reviewed February 28, 2017

Well designed state park that has preserved/rebuilt buildings at Fort Ross, a former colony of the imperial Rossia dating back to 1812.

1  Thank Amy S
Reviewed February 17, 2017

hike around the Fort and then down to the secluded beach below, I've been there twice when my wife and I were the only two on the beach for hours

1  Thank jeffliggett09
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December 12, 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.
December 30, 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
December 30, 2014|
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Response from Dennis S | Reviewed this property |
It's limited, but will improve in the future.