I have been to Fort Ross many years ago on a field trip with one of my children, unfortunately I cannot tell you how it was on this most recent trip. We pulled up to the park on a Monday only to find the gate closed. The sign on the gate said that the fort was open on weekends only but the park was open Monday thru Sunday from dawn till dusk. We decided to park on the road and walk in. Imagine our surprise to see cars in the parking lot! There were volunteers working on parts of the park and park employees were doing some tree trimming. The fort was indeed closed so we did not get to go inside but did walk around the grounds. I'm assuming this is due to either it being the off season or the State of CA has hacked more of the State Parks program or both.