Sitka Saturdays - Winter Hours at Sitka National Historical Park will include Saturdays

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Date: September 29, 2006

Wondering what to do this winter?   Now is a great time to renew your spirit with a visit to Sitka National Historical Park.   During the winter it’s not only a great cure for cabin fever - It's also free!

Known affectionately hereabouts as “Totem Park”, Sitka NHP winter operations will begin Sunday, October 1.   The visitor center will be open from 8 a.m. – 5 p.m., Monday through Saturday, with the exception of closures on federal holidays.   Enjoy a visit with a Ranger, heritage arts on display, art in the making, and a short film.

Add a tour of the treasures at the Russian Bishop’s House - and you’ll be reminded why we’re like no place else.   Tours are available weekdays by advance reservation as staffing allows.   Beginning Saturday September 30, there is no charge for tours of the Russian Bishop’s House or for the Visitor Center.   Those interested in scheduling a tour of the Russian Bishop’s House or another special program can call the visitor center at (907) 747-0110.

Then, take a hike.   Beginning October 1, park trails will be open each day from 7 a.m. to 8 p.m.   The direct route between Metlakatla Street and Sawmill Creek Road is open for through traffic at all times.   (Cyclists are reminded that bikes are limited to this direct route and must be walked.)   A bike rack is provided at the visitor center for those wishing to explore the rest of the park on foot.

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