It is highly recommended that before your tour starts, you visit the museum where the friendly staff will be available to answer any questions you may have. You will also want to watch the introductory video and visit the restroom.
Your charming tour guide will start off teaching you about the history of the southern most Russian colonial settlement in North America, settlement Ross. You will then explore the Fort compound and the historic Rotchev house, which is believed to be one of the final remaining structures from the Russian era. Finally you will reach the replica fur warehouse.
After your guided walking tour, you can go back to wander through the other historic buildings. Stop and enjoy the view from the ocean bluff where you will find evidence of the moving tectonic plates ( the Pacific Plate and the North American Plate) that meet at the fault. You can then wander down the to beach along Sandy Cove and search for tide pools. Bring a lunch and enjoy a picnic while you enjoy the gentle breeze.
Regardless of weather or not you decide to explore on your own, you will make many treasured memories at Fort Ross Historic Park.
Over this hour long informative guided tour of Fort Ross, you will learn about the Native Americans who lived on this land for centuries, the Russians and Alaska Natives who built the settlement, and about the American Ranch Era which followed the departure of the Russians. You'll also have the chance to see and learn more about the marine mammals off our coast.
Pickup & Return:
Visitor Center, Fort Ross State Historic Park.
Departure Times: 11:00 AM
- Meet at Fort Ross State Historic Park Visitor Center: Prior to beginning the tour at 11am, it is highly recommended that you independently tour museum (staff available for questions), view introductory film (18 min.), visit gift shop and restrooms (total 30 minutes)
- Guided walking tour from Visitor Center to Fort Compound: Learn about different historic neighborhoods (Alaska Native, Kashia, and Russian) of Settlement Ross (15 minutes)
- Guided introduction to historic Fort Compound (10 minutes)
- Guided tour inside National Landmark historic Rotchev House and replica Fur Warehouse (20 minutes)
- Following guided tour, independently tour other fort buildings, linger on our scenic ocean bluff, possibly visiting Sandy Beach Cove, Fort Ross Cove and/or the historic Fort Ross cemetery nearby.
- Continue the loop trail heading north from the fort along Old Highway 1, passing by the early American Ranch era "Call House," possibly seeing harbor seals hauled out on rocks below, and then visiting the Fort Ross Windmill.
- Return to Visitor Center and parking lot.
You can present either a paper or an electronic voucher for this activity.
- Tour escort/host
- Local guide
Does not include:
- Entrance Fee of $8 fee per car required by California State Parks
- Confirmation will be received at time of booking
- Children must be accompanied by an adult
- The Visitor Center only sells pre-packaged snacks so if you plan to stay for lunch it's suggested that you bring a picnic. ADA compliant trails and picnic seating are available.
- Multi-lingual guide; English or Russian available