Previously known as Indian River Park, the Sitka National Historical Park is located in Sitka, Alaska. It was redesignated as a national historical park from its former status as a national monument in 1972. The Sitka National Historical Park has sought to commemorate the Russian and Tlingit experiences in Alaska. This park preserves the site of the Russian traders and indigenous Kiks—adi Tlingit’s battle on an island amid towering hemlock and spruce. Tlingit and Haida totem poles line the park’s beautiful coastal trail, and the newly restored Russian Bishop’s House is a reminder of Russia’s colonial legacy in the U.S.
Sitka National Historical Park is the smallest Alaskan national historical parks, but it is big on Alaskan history and scenic beauty. This 113-acre park was established in 1890 and is the oldest federally Alaskan park. The park is located within easy walking distance of Sitka’s downtown and is home to authentic Tlingit and Haida totem poles that are nested between giant Sitka spruce trees.
A Visitor Center in the park displays Russian and Tlingit artifacts and plays a video about the area’s history on its theater. During summer, the Sitka National Historical Park Visitor Center hosts the Demonstrating Artists Program, which hosts three art studios where Alaska Native Artists demonstrate metal engraving, woodworking, weaving, and beading.
The park is also home to the Totem Trail, a mile-long path through western hemlock and Sitka spruce trees that showcases 18 Tlingit and Haida totems. The Totem trail connects to the Russian Memorial Trail, leading to the Battle of Sitka’s historical grounds, where Russian colonists fought with the Tlingit peoples, eventually leading to the settlement of Russia in Alaska. Visitors can explore this trail as a self-guided tour or a ranger-led walk.
103 Monastery St, Sitka, AK 99835