• American Camp parade ground looking west

    San Juan Island

    National Historical Park Washington

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    The American Camp visitor center is open 8:30 a.m. to 5 p.m. daily through September 1. Grounds remain open daily from dawn to 11 p.m More »

  • English Camp Visitor Contact Station on Summer Schedule

    The English Camp visitor contact station in the Royal Marine Barracks is open 9 a.m. to 5 p.m., daily through September 1. Grounds are open daily from dawn to 11 p.m.

Your Safety

Be Safe!

Be Careful Out There!
San Juan Island National Historical Park offers many opportunities for discovery. To help ensure a safe, enjoyable visit, pay attention and follow a few important guidelines as you explore the park.

  • Emergency phone: 911
  • Be prepared. While hiking, remember to bring:
    • Water (at least 20 ounces)
    • Map
    • Adequate clothing (rain jacket and warm layers)
    • First aid kit
    • Flashlight
  • Be careful while walking near cliff ledges. Loose gravel on rocks creates dangerous footing, which can result in serious falls.
  • Be sure to tell someone your plans—when you are leaving, where you are going, and when you will return.
  • Remain in one place if you become separated from your group.
  • Check for ticks, as Lyme disease can occur in this area. If you are walking through tall grass, consider wearing long pants and using insect repellent.
  • Drive safely and wear your seatbelt at all times. The speed limit is 25 mph in the park unless otherwise noted. It is easy to get distracted by scenery—pay attention.
  • Do not drink and drive.
  • When in doubt, ask a ranger first!

Remember that your actions can make the difference between a happy memory and an unpleasant experience.

Trail Safety
There are a number of things you can do to make your hike safer.

  • Carry water (at least 20 ounces, more on warm days).
  • Wear sturdy hiking shoes. Dress for variable weather.
  • Follow park trails and use a map.
  • Do not modify or build new cairns or wood structures. Changes to trail markers may endanger other hikers.
  • Know the difficulty level of the trail and your physical abilities and limitations.

Did You Know?

Did You Know?

James Alden, commander of the USCS Steamer Active, carried dispatches during the Pig War crisis. During the Battle of Mobile Bay he led the Union fleet into the harbor until stalled by Confederate mines. That's when Admiral David G. Farragut shouted "Damn the torpedoes..."