Park Begins Summer Operations
Sitka National Historical Park has returned to its summer schedule and it brings our seasonal changes in the park’s hours of operation, parking and fees.
Through September 30th, visitors to Sitka National Historical Park pay a $4.00 fee when they enter the facility housing the National Park Service Visitor Center and the Southeast Alaska Indian Cultural Center, or take a guided tour of the Russian Bishop’s House. The park’s $15.00 Annual Pass - good for one year from the month of purchase - is also available. This pass is honored at both the Visitor Center and the Russian Bishop’s House and is valid for the purchaser and three adults. Other than the passes, fees for the Visitor Center and Russian Bishop’s House are separate. Visitors are required to pay $4.00 per person at each location. Fees are not required for children 15 years of age and under or non-recreational users, including persons doing business with the Southeast Alaska Indian Cultural Center.
Visitor Center hours are 8:00 am to 5:00 pm daily. The Russian Bishop’s House will be open from 9:00 am to 5:00 pm with tours every half hour. The final tour will be at 4:30 pm.
Fees collected support the programs and facilities of both the park and the cultural center. Use of park trails and restrooms and attendance at ranger-guided walks continue to be free. Fees will be charged through September 30.
Park grounds and trails are open daily from 6:00 a.m. to 10:00 p.m. (cross trail is open 24 hours). People using the trail system should keep in mind the following regulations. Any organized or sponsored event in the park requires a Special Use Permit. Camping and removal of park resources (except edible berries or fruit for personal consumption) are prohibited.
People are welcome to walk dogs in the park, but must keep their pets on a leash and dispose of pet waste properly. Bicycle users are permitted to walk their bikes through the park by using the most direct route between Sawmill Creek Road and Metlakatla Street. Riding bicycles within the park is prohibited and violators may be subject to a citation or impoundment of the bicycle. Finally, private vehicle drivers are reminded that the pull-through spots in the upper parking lot are reserved for tour buses and oversized vehicles through September 30th. For further information, call 747-0110.
Did You Know?
The Battle of 1804 marked the beginning of Russian governance in Alaska. All that remains of this last major conflict between Europeans and Alaska Natives is a clearing at the site of the Tlingit fort and battlefield.