• 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 4:30 p.m.Wednesday-Sunday. The English Camp contact station is closed through May 31. Grounds at both units are open from dawn to 11 p.m. More »

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?

American Camp's Officers' Quarters, built in 1859-1860, is the oldest structure on San Juan Island. It may have once been home to Capt. George E. Pickett of Civil War fame.