The much anticipated opening of the Yurok Country Visitor Center is finally here! The facility, opening to the public June 18th, will be the hub for tourist information and local businesses while educating visitors about the Yurok Tribe’s Heritage and culture. Come and learn about the ancestral lands of the Yuork people, including much of the coastline near present day Klamath, extending up the Klamath River for over 40 miles.
The Yurok Tribal Council and Yurok Visitor Center are hosting an open house and ribbon cutting ceremony on Wednesday June 17th from 12 p.m. to 3 p.m. which will include a cultural talk in the amphitheater, cake and light refreshments.
The approximately 3,500 square-foot Yurok Country Visitor Center is located in Downtown Klamath on the corner of Klamath Blvd and Klamath Circle and is within walking distance from Redwood Hotel Casino. The location is also in the heart of Redwood National and State Parks, home to some of the last remaining old-growth redwoods on the planet.
In keeping with traditional Yurok design and building practices, the new facility incorporates green building design and materials with renewable energy resources including solar, wind, and geothermal heating. The already lush area is beautifully landscaped with local native plants and interpretive signage indicating the native Yurok use of the plants.
Visitors will also be welcome to explore the brand new Yurok Village Discovery Park, directly across the street from the visitor center. This self-guided park features a simulated traditional Yurok village and fish cooking pit for private events. The village has been constructed using traditional materials such as redwood planks and Douglas fir poles.
The Park also includes an outdoor gathering circle (amphitheater), walking trails, canoe carving area, handicapped accessible restrooms, outdoor lighting, paved parking areas and access roadways. The cultural park will provide a space for Tribal families to provide for an interchange of Yurok culture and history to current and future generations.