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Big Basin Redwoods Campground

Big Basin State Park

Big Basin Redwoods Camping – Big Basin State Park

By far, one of the best Redwood State Parks near the San Francisco Bay Area. Very popular on weekends and all summer long. Reservations are recommended. Open all year!

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These are the majestic Santa Cruz redwood forests, located behind Boulder Creek, California. Off of Hwy 9, this redwood park has awesome hiking, easy access & overnight accommodations to suit your style. Stay in a tent cabin, a developed campground or use the walk-in camp sites for a real natural setting.

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    Big Basin Redwood Campgrounds

    184 camp spots include:

    • 74  tent campsites
    • 38 walk-in sites
    • 41 tent cabins
    • 31 RV campsites (27′ max)

    Additionally there are 40 hike-in camp sites & 4 group camps, by reservation.

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    RESERVE a CAMP SITE or TENT CABIN in the REDWOODS

    If you prefer not to camp out among the ferns & the forest, then the tent cabin may be the way to go, or there are several dozen inns nearby. Select the towns below for lodging options.

    Big Basin Redwoods State Park Campground

    nearby communities:

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    Santa Cruz Redwoods

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    BSA Camp Cutter

    Santa Cruz Mountains & Santa Cruz Redwood Parks

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    Camping out in the Santa Cruz mountains can be a magical experience. It is here where some city dweller first get a glimpse of the coastal giant trees. Towering above in several Redwood Parks, the hiking & camping are endless. Backpacking, day hiking, mountain biking and horseback riding are all popular activities in this region.

    NOTE: There is no off-roading, 4×4, OHV trails in these coastal mountains, so it will be more peaceful. Peace and quiet, remember that?

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    Since this mountain range is in between the Santa Cruz coastline and THE CITY, San Francisco, and situated right next to the mega-city “Bay Area”, you can always expect a few tourists about and lots of locals out enjoying their backyard (at all times of the year).

    Make campground or cabin reservations as far in advance as possible. Summers are the busiest months!

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    Tent Cabins
    Tent Cabins: Big Basin Cabins can be arranged at Big Basin State Park. Campgrounds can be found at all State Parks and some county parks. Private vacation homes are found nearby; a few small towns on Hwy 9 offer hotel accommodations. On the coastal side of this ‘mountain’ is the small community of Pescadero w/ Butano SP.

    Small towns nearby offer lodging & dining:

    Big Basin Redwoods Camping

    Holiday Lights Train

    Santa Cruz Holiday Lights Train

    Holiday Lights Train Ride

    Santa Cruz Holiday Train

    Departs from the Santa Cruz Beach Boardwalk

    Vintage excursion cars, adorned with thousands of colorful lights, roll through the streets of Santa Cruz as passengers lend their voices to holiday carols, sip hot spiced cider and listen to musical entertainment while Santa visits the little ones, or the young at heart! Continue the merriment with your choice of arcade games, mini-golf or laser tag at Santa’s Kingdom at the Santa Cruz Beach Boardwalk. Bring the whole family for festive fun.

    Annual event, multiple days: December
    Santa Cruz, CA

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    Santa Cruz Holiday Lights Train

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    Monterey Bay Birding Festival

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    Monterey Bay Birding Festival

    Experienced guides lead participants to their favorite bird watching spots on Friday, Saturday and Sunday, with special outings, workshops and presentations. Come witness this fall gathering of locals and visitors.

    Annual event; September

    WATSONVILLE CA

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    Egret with Fish, Whalers Cove

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    Monterey Campgrounds

    Monterey Bay Campgrounds

    Monterey Beach Camping

    The Monterey Bay of California is located south of the San Francisco peninsula, and north of the rugged Big Sur Central Coast. This is a popular region for tourism, coastal villages w/ shops and restaurants, parks and beaches, farms and farm stands.  With Santa Cruz mountains and redwoods as the backdrop, this coastline is also highly residential.

    Camping along this coast is limited mostly to State Parks and few private RV park campgrounds. No primitive beach camping is allowed on State Beaches, no hike-in camp sites, no hidden cove tent sites, nor secret dirt roads with views over the Pacific. This is a very developed beach and bay, with the 4-lane freeway, main artery US Highway 101, bordering the entire shore.

    If you are looking for free and a more rugged, scenic camp – head south to the Big Sur Coast, to find a dirt road camp on the ridge. The sweetest ocean view hike-in camp sites can be found to the north, in the Marin Headlands of Point Reyes, which can be found under Marin Camping.

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    Monterey Area Campgrounds

    (listed from south to north)

    Monterey Pines RV Campground (Navy)

    Monterey County Fairgrounds RV Park

    Marina Dunes RV Park

    Sunset State Beach State Parks
    South Campground

    Manresa State Beach State Parks
    Uplands Campground

    Seacliff RV Park

    Seacliff State Beach Campground State Parks

    New Brighton State Beach State Parks

    Santa Vida RV Park, Santa Cruz, California

    Costanoa Coastal Lodge & Campground, Pescadero

    Pelican Point RV Park, Half Moon Bay

    Half Moon State Beach State Parks
    Francis Beach Campground

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    seaside towns along coast at
    Monterey Bay up to San Francisco –

    (listed from south to north)

    Phoenix Fire

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    Phoenix Fire Gathering

    2014: LINKS & INFO on this once popular drum circle event in the Santa Cruz mountains is no longer happening.

    Fire gathering & drum circle in the Santa Cruz Redwoods. Annual gathering in the coastal mountains. The heart center of the gathering is the all-night fire circles where people of many paths join together in Sacred Space. With ash on our skin, smoke in our hair, and flames in our eyes, our rhythms, songs and chants ring from the redwoods.

    Annual event; August

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