Basic Information

Sitka experiences a temperate maritime climate, characterized by heavy precipitation and a small temperature range between seasons. Summer temperatures range from high 50s to high 60s F with frequent rain. Winter is rainy and snowy with temperatures from the high teens to the 40s F. Well prepared visitors will have rain gear and layered clothing at any time of year.

Entrance Fees:

All Park Activities are FREE - $0.00

There is no entrance fee at the Visitor Center, park grounds, or the Russian Bishop's House.

Sitka National Historical Park Visitor Center

Exhibits in the visitor center describe traditional Tlingit life. Tlingit artists demonstrate their skills in the cultural center. Southeast Alaska totem poles line the park's coastal trail. Watch "The Voices of Sitka" Shown in the park auditiorium, this 12 minute video weaves together the stories of Sitkans past and present.

A couple walks along the Totem Trail.
A visitor gazes at the K'alyaan Pole in the Fort Site clearing.



Welcome to Sitka National Historical Park

Every season brings something new to learn, explore and experience.

Be Prepared

To make the most of your visit plan ahead:

  • We welcome visitors year-round. Be sure to check park operating hours as they vary with the season.
  • The park is located on Baranof Island in Southeast Alaska. Once you arrive, finding your way to the park is easy!
  • Every season brings something new to learn, explore and experience. Activities and events vary with the season, so be sure to check on the calendar.
  • Weather in Sitka is different than what one expects to find in Alaska. Temperatures are mild and rainfall is very high.
  • Pets are allowed on the park trails and grounds. Dogs must be leashed at all times. Only service animals are permitted in buildings.
  • Encounters with brown bears are unlikely in the park, but preparing to visit the park should include some basic bear safety knowledge.

Last updated: March 22, 2017

Contact the Park

Mailing Address:

103 Monastery St.
Sitka, AK 99835


(907) 747-0110

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