Fort Ross State Historic Park

Fort Ross, one of the main tourist attractions between Bodega Bay and Fort Bragg, is a California State Historic Park showcasing a historic Russian-era fort compound that has been designated National Historic Landmark status.

  • Fort Ross Chapel Photo
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  • View From the Air at Fort Ross Photo 3
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  • The Pacific Ocean view from Fort Ross Photo 5
  • The Call Picnic Area Photo 6
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  • Fort Ross Conservancy Photo 8
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  • Cannons Photo 10
  • Militia at Fort Ross Photo 11
  • Pacific Coast Photo 12
  • Scenarios at Fort Ross Photo 13
  • Sunset on the compound Photo 14
  • The Chapel Photo 15
  • Sandy Cove Photo 16
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  • ELP Garden Photo 18
  • Fort Ross Chapel Photo
  • Fort Ross State Historic Park Photo 2
  • View From the Air at Fort Ross Photo 3
  • Fort Ross State Historic Park Photo 4
  • The Pacific Ocean view from Fort Ross Photo 5
  • The Call Picnic Area Photo 6
  • Fort Ross State Historic Park Photo 7
  • Fort Ross Conservancy Photo 8
  • Fort Ross Photo 9
  • Cannons Photo 10
  • Militia at Fort Ross Photo 11
  • Pacific Coast Photo 12
  • Scenarios at Fort Ross Photo 13
  • Sunset on the compound Photo 14
  • The Chapel Photo 15
  • Sandy Cove Photo 16
  • Sandy Cove Photo 17
  • ELP Garden Photo 18
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  • Fort Ross, one of the main tourist attractions between Bodega Bay and Fort Bragg, is a California State Historic Park showcasing a historic Russian-era fort compound that has been designated National Historic Landmark status. Located eleven miles north of Jenner on California Highway One, one of the most scenic coastal routes in the world Fort Ross is surrounded by sandy beaches, panoramic coves, and redwood forests, with breathtaking views of the Pacific Ocean. The park contains about 3,400 acres of spectacular wildlands.

    Fort Ross offers ample parking. The Visitor Center, restrooms, upper picnic areas, and trail to the historic compound are handicap-accessible via new ADA trails. There is also handicap-accessible parking near the fort compound.

    Fort Ross State Historic Park is open every day from 10 am to 4:30 pm. The park grounds are open from sunrise to sunset. Between November 1st and March 1st the park will be open on Fridays, Saturdays, Sundays, and Mondays, and closed on Tuesdays, Wednesdays, and Thursdays. For details on scheduling a private tour, please see Fort Ross Conservancy's Tour information.

    • A slice of California history

      You can see it all in an hour or two. Well worth the stop. Imagine a few hundred folks living in the area running a trading post in the early 1800's.

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    • Best on the first Saturday of the month

      We were here on the first Saturday of the month. This is really the day to visit. At noon there is the "turning of the windmill". This was very interesting to learn about and to see the windmill...

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    • Beautiful Russian fort with antique orthodox church

      It's a great story which you can read about online or from information posted at the visitor's center. The fort itself is a handcrafted outpost of the Russian Tsarist empire from the days when...

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