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To make a campground reservation at the Big
Basin State Park, yoyou can click here
All roads into Big Basin are curvy! RVs should take Route 1 as it is the least curvy.
off Highway 9, just
northeast of the beach town of Santa
Cruz. Since 1902, Big Basin Redwoods State Park is dignified
as the oldest State Park in California.
This is the home to the largest continuous stand of ancient coastal
redwoods in Central California. The park consists of over 18,000
acres with mixed conifer, oaks, & chaparral. The climate
ranges from foggy & damp near the ocean to sunny, warm ridge
park is 25 miles northwest of Santa Cruz via Hwy
9 & Hwy. 236 and about 65 miles south of San
Francisco. All roads into Big Basin are curvy. If you have
an RV or trailer, take Route 1 - its the least curvy.
- Winter: Cold, overcast & rainy.
Majority of its average 48 inches of rain December through March.
- Spring: Cool with showers & morning and evening fog. Average daytime highs 60's, lows in 30's to 40's.
- Summer: Warm with cool nights. Morning
fog in early Summer. Average highs 75 to 95, lows 40's to 50's.
- Fall: Warm day to cold nights. Occasional
early storms. Average highs 75 to 60's, lows 50's to 30. Maybe the best weather of the year!
This dense forested park takes a while to reach, but is well
worth the curvy road. A few culdesaq parking lots lead to walk
in shady campsites despersed among the hillsides. Ferns, hiking
trails & waterfalls surround these magnifgicant redwood trees.
See more cool stuff
along California Highway
- lush fern canyons
- chaparral-covered slopes
- deer, raccoons, & bobcats
Elevations in the park vary from sea level to over 2,000 feet.
The park has a surprising number of waterfalls, a wide variety
of environments , many animals and lots of bird life.
The park has over 80 miles of trails, which serves hikers &
equestrians, links Big Basin to Castle Rock State Park and the
eastern reach of the Santa Cruz range. The Skyline to the Sea
Trail threads its way through the park along Waddell Creek to
the ocean & a beach at a freshwater marsh.adjacent called
Theodore J. Hoover Natural Preserve.
Backpacking trailcamps on the Skyline to the Sea Trail are
reservable only by calling 831-338-8861 between the hours of 10am
Dogs ARE NOT permitted on any of the trails. Dogs are
permitted in the campsites, picnic areas, and on paved roads only.
They must be on a leash and attended at all times.