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At English Camp and American Camp visitors can request golf cart shuttles to access the historic landscapes from May-Septemeber.

San Juan Island National Historical Park is working to make its facilities more accessible for all visitors. Staff has done user research that identified deficiencies, and are now in the planning stage for upgrading park facilities to address these accessibility shortfalls. Currently, not all facilities are fully accessible, but park staff is happy to assist any visitor with special needs.

If you have comments or suggestions about facilities, services, or programs, please let us know. For more information, call San Juan Island National Historical Park at (360) 378-2240 or write to:

San Juan Island National Historical Park
P.O. Box 429
650 Mullis St., Suite 100
Friday Harbor, WA 98250

Visitor Centers

The American Camp Visitor Center has reserved accessible parking and an automatic door. Park staff can operate a golf cart and will take any visitor who needs assistance to the Parade Ground and the Redoubt in this vehicle. The restrooms, exhibit area, bookstore, information desk, and drinking fountain are wheelchair-accessible. Rangers are on duty to answer questions and assist visitors.

English Camp is far less accessible. Only the parking lot, picnic area, and parking lot restrooms are accessible year-round. June-September, a staff operated golf cart is available to those who need help getting to and from the parade grounds and visitor center. To use this service, call our park visitor center: (360) 378-2240. We can dispatch the cart during days of operation (Thursday-Tuesday 9 AM-4PM) to assist you.

Picnic Areas

San Juan Island National Historical Park has four picnic areas: three at American Camp and one at English Camp. All four picnic areas are accessible by car.

At American Camp the picnic areas are at the visitor center, next to the Fourth of July beach parking lot and along South Beach. Most of the picnic tables are close to parking areas. Some tables are harder to get to, a few at South Beach are only reachable across short stretches of sand. All three areas have accessible restrooms.

The picnic area at English Camp is at the top of the parking lot. An accessible restroom is also located in the parking area.


Unfortunately, no trails at American Camp meet all ADA standards for trails. However, there are some trails that most visitors with mobility impairment find very easy to navigate! This includes the trail from the visitor center to The Redoubt, and some of the trails that start at the Jakle's Lagoon parking lot. Please contact the American Camp visitor center for specific information.

There are no accessible trails at English Camp.

San Juan Island visitors can also access the top of Mount Grant, one of the highest points on the island, via car on Sundays. As long as the weather permits, the route is open from 10am to 7pm (April – September), and 10am to 4pm (October- March).


Park staff will gladly adapt programs for anyone with special needs. If you would like to schedule a program in advance, please call the American Camp visitor center at (360) 378-2240 (ext. 2228).

Access Passes

The Access Pass is a free lifetime entrance permit to all federal parks, monuments, and recreation areas for U.S. citizens and permanent residents who have a permanent disability. We do not offer these in the park since we do not charge anyone for admission.

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Last updated: May 23, 2023

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P.O. Box 429
Friday Harbor, WA 98250


360 378-2240

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