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)
- Adequate clothing (rain jacket and warm layers)
- First aid kit
- 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.
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.