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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
Suggested Duration: 2-3 hours
19005 Coast Highway One, Jenner, CA 95450
+1 707-847-3437
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Reviewed 6 days ago

Fort Ross is unique in that is the only Russian colonial outpost in the Americas outside of Alaska and it was the main settlement of a colony that controlled most of the coastal region of what is now Sonoma County. This sole Russian colony in...More

Thank jenedc2016
Reviewed 2 weeks ago

We drove up here from the Jenner area while on vacation. An interesting spot to see and nice view of the ocean from outside the fort also. Huge tree outside the fort on the ocean side to see! The drive up from Jenner has beautiful...More

Thank anneenna2
Reviewed 2 weeks ago

This is an interesting self guided walking tour. Entrance fee per car is 8.00 unless a senior over 62 for a fee of 7.00. Best spent money if you have been curious about the fort. I've driven past it for years and just stopped to...More

Thank Debbie B
Reviewed 3 weeks ago

Apparently this is one of California's first state parks. It's a somewhat barren wooden fort with four buildings in it, only one of which is original (the others are good recreations). The visitor center provides good background on the Russian history in California that may...More

Thank Mike P
Reviewed 3 weeks ago

Just a short drive up the coast from Bodega Bay is a gem of a state park, and one that I knew little about. Fort Ross was established in 1812 by the Russians to supply their colonists in Alaska with food and furs. The fort...More

Thank deepsee1
Reviewed 4 weeks ago via mobile

My husband and I visited while we were in the area for a family wedding. It was just a few minute drive from the wedding venue (Timber Cove). We had planned to do a quick walk through but ended up joining a tour that turned...More

Thank jkpeters
Reviewed 5 weeks ago

We combined a good history lesson at Fort Ross State Historic Park with a morning hike, continuing on from the Fort to Sandy Cove beach and then to the cemetery up the hill.

Thank Linda H
Reviewed 5 weeks ago

On the Pacific Coast of California south of Jenner and north of Bodega Bay is a well preserved fort that was established by the Russians, supported by the Native Americans and focusing on seal fur trade. There were cannons, and actual buildings to explore and...More

Thank SheriSR
Reviewed 16 September 2017 via mobile

Great weather on a September afternoon at this historic Russian built fort from the 1800s. Interesting walk around and thru the buildings to see the workings of this historic fort.

Thank Dennis P
Reviewed 16 September 2017

Interesting, but not a lot of stuff here. Coastal access was nice and the buildings are well maintained, but none of the original furniture remains. Nice way to spend an hour, but my guess is that the kiddies will be very bored.

Thank kevin s
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13 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.
31 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
31 December 2014|
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Response from Dennis S | Reviewed this property |
It's limited, but will improve in the future.