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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 2 days ago

Read the other positive reviews......I can't disagree! Museum was most interesting, buildings as well, grounds were spotless, view breathtaking and oh we should have brought a picnic lunch! Lots of places to eat. Wear your walking shoes and bring your camera. Plus plenty of parking,...More

Thank candydawn
Reviewed 2 weeks ago

We really enjoyed visiting this state park. It was well worth the $8 ($7 for 62 and over) admission. The visitor center has a small but thorough museum where we learned all about the fort. It was fun visiting the buildings. One was original! There...More

Thank Terry M
Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

I found the fort to be very interesting as i had no idea the connection with Russia and northern California. There were families visiting and it was obvious all the kids were really enjoying themselves.

Thank enid s
Reviewed 3 weeks ago

Well over 20 years since our last visit to this area of California and lots of improvements have been made to the Fort Ross experience. We made this trip specifically to attend the Fort Ross Festival where the cost was $20 per car (usual day...More

Thank CLo976
Reviewed 3 weeks ago

My school’s mascot was a Cossack and so I knew that importance of Russians in the area. I had been before but on this road trip, I thought this would be a nice respite from constant driving and give us a chance to stretch our...More

Thank Daniel A
Reviewed 3 weeks ago

Who knew that the Russians owned part of CA in the 1800's. Then they sold it to Sutter. What an interesting part of CA history!! Do not miss it.

Thank Y7508DKjeanr
Reviewed 3 weeks ago

Fort Ross is a hidden gem on CA Cost. About half an hour drive north of Jenner you will find this Historic Park. Built by and operated by Russian settlers this Fort has been preserved really well. Easy access from Pacific Coast Highway with plenty...More

Thank amaloyan
Reviewed 4 weeks ago

The drive to and from is quite an experience too. The fort is well-maintained, the museum informative. Before I came here, I had no idea that the Russians had fort and trading post here, and their presence kept the Spanish out.

Thank Retrohippie
Reviewed 4 weeks ago

We have been meaning to visit Fort Ross for years now and finally had the opportunity to make the trek up there last week. We noticed on Trip Advisor we could book a private tour; we did and it was totally worth it. Our guide...More

2  Thank RB1316
Reviewed 17 July 2017 via mobile

Ft. Ross was settled by Russian trappers & fishermen in 1812 using Alaskan Aluets on a conscription basis later as employees. The purpose was to provide food & clothing for settlers in Alaska. The fort was occupied until about 1830 when it became uneconomical to...More

Thank paul3776
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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.