Salt River Bay National Historical Park and Ecological Preserve

park outline colored in EEMPMission Statement

Legislated to be co-managed by the National Park Service and the Government of the Virgin Islands. Salt River Bay National Historical Park & Ecological Preserve was created to preserve, protect, and interpret nationally significant natural, historical, and cultural resources.


NPS LOGOEstablished: 1992
Lead Agency: National Park Service. Active cooperative agreement with DPNR on co-management
Location: St. Croix, USVI
Joined National MPA System: 2011
Size: 1.6 square miles total, 1 square mile submerged land
Visitors per year: 4,000

Mixed Use MPA

No take zone for fish, coral, birds or other wildlife except catch and release line fishing with barbless hooks.

Special Features

  • South of SARI lies a 5-acre area owned and managed by the Government of the Virgin Islands (GVI). This site is the most significant pre-historic site in the northern Caribbean – an ancient pre-historic ball court and village, which is also the site where Columbus’s crew landed on his second voyage to the new world in 1493.
  • Every major period of human habitation in the Virgin Islands is represented: several South American Indian cultures, the 1493 encounter with Columbus, Spanish extermination of the Caribs, attempts at colonization by a succession of European nations, and enslaved West Africans and their descendants. More than a dozen major archeological investigations since 1880, together with historical research, reveal this remarkable story.
  • Largest remaining mangrove system in the USVI allows park visitors to experience the value of these resources to sustaining life in the islands.
  • The park contains a bioluminescent bay where night kayakers can see the glowing dinoflagellates, comb jellies, and glow worms.


Get in Touch!

Visitor Information: (340) 773-1460
Fax: (340) 719-1791 or download the NPS-STX app!
Salt River
2100 Church Street #100
Christiansted, VI 00820-4611