• American Camp parade ground looking west

    San Juan Island

    National Historical Park Washington

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  • English Camp Visitor Contact Station on Winter Schedule

    The English Camp visitor contact station in the Royal Marine Barracks is closed for the season, starting September 2. Grounds are open daily from dawn to 11 p.m.

  • American Camp Visitor Center on Winter Schedule

    The American Camp visitor center is open 8:30 a.m. to 5 p.m. daily from September 2 to June 6, 2015. Grounds remain open daily from dawn to 11 p.m. Telephone 360-378-2240, ext. 2227 or 2226 for information. 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?

Capt. Lewis Cass Hunt

Capt. Lewis Cass Hunt, who squabbled with Capt. George E. Pickett over buildings on San Juan Island, was the brother of Henry Hunt, who commanded the Union artillery at the Battle of Gettysburg. Hunt's guns would largely decimate Pickett's division before they reached the Union lines.