It was settled in the early 1800s by Russians arriving in ships to California from Alaska. This outpost served as a place to supply food to the northern settlements as well as facilitate trade. One of the first state parks in California, the fort maintains its Russian influence by way of carefully reconstructed buildings. Every day park hours are from sunrise to sunset but the Visitor Center and fort compound are open from 10 AM to 4:30 PM. Regular day fees are $8 per vehicle.