Santa Cruz Redwoods

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Santa Cruz Mountains & Santa Cruz Redwood Parks

overnight in the redwoods

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!

Tent Cabins
Tent Cabins: Big Basin Cabins can be arranged at Big Basin State Park, private vacation homes nearby, or a few small towns on Hwy 9 offer accommodations. On the coastal side is the small community of Pescadero near Butano SP.

Small towns nearby offer lodging & dining:

Big Basin Redwoods Camping

Marin Camping Point Reyes

Marin County Camping

Point Reyes Peninsula / Pt Reyes Campgrounds

Ocean View CampsitesThe Lighthouse doesn’t have a campground! There are no camping facilities at Muir Woods National Monument, nor Muir Beach. No camping at Stinson Beach, nor Bolinas.

The Tule Elk Reserve has no camping at all. Tomales Bay State Park no longer has car camping available; hike-in or boat-in camping, maybe.

What is available for campground camping on “the Point” is listed below, with links for more info and reservations.

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POINT REYES, CALIFORNIA

blue links lead to camp reservation services. campgrounds

CAMPGROUND RESERVATIONS

Point Reyes National Seashore Campground
reservations required
hike-in, bike-in, and boat-in camp sites only
415-464-5100
415-464-5137

Mount Tamalpais State Park Campground State Parks
reservations required
415-388-2070

  • Alice Eastwood Campground
  • Frank Valley Campground
  • Horse Camp Campground
  • Pantoll Campground
  • Steep Ravine Campground
  • Steep Ravine Cabins

Marin Headlands Camping
reservations required
415-331-1540

Samuel P. Taylor Redwood State Park State Parks
reservations recommended; open year round
415-488-9897

  • Devils Gulch Horse Camp
  • Historic Camp Taylor
  • Madrone Group Camp
  • Car Camping / Tent Camp
  • RV max 27′
  • Cabin Rentals @ SPT

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Cycling, hiking, backpacking, mountain biking, kayaking and boating are all popular outdoor recreation activities.

Small towns located on the Point Reyes peninsula do have a few private campgrounds, some of which can accommodate motorhomes. Follow towns links for those.

RV camping

There are no RV parks, camper trailers or motorhomes allowed in campgrounds on the steep coastal region of Point Reyes. Most of the narrow, winding roads are forbidden for motorhome travels. No shoulder, no guard rails, on many curvy roads. Great viewpoints are best when you STOP to look, off the roadway.

hike NPS

Golden Gate National Recreation Area NPS

Point Reyes National Seashore

Stinson Beach Park

Tomales Bay State Park State Park

Tule Elk Reserve

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nearby towns – 

San Francisco RV Park

RV Campground San Francisco / RV Camp Ground

San Francisco RVing

Beach RV Park
2505 Portola Dr
Santa Cruz, CA
831 462-2505

Betabel RV Park
9664 Betabel Rd
San Juan Bautista, CA
800-278-7275
831 623-2202

Candlestick RV Park
650 Gilman Ave
San Francisco, CA
800 888-2267
415 822-2299

Costanoa Coastal Lodge & Camp
2001 Rossi Road @ Hwy 1
Pescadero, CA
650 879-1100

Coyote Valley RV & Golf Resort
9750 Monterey Rd
Morgan Hill, CA
866 376-5500
408 463-8400
San Jose, CA

Marin Park
2140 Redwood Hwy.
Greenbrae , CA
888 461-5199

Novato RV Park
1530 Armstrong Ave
Novato, CA
800 733-6787
415 897-1271

Olema Ranch Campground
Point Reyes National Seashore
10155 Highway 1
Olema, CA
800 655-2267
415 663-8001

Parkway Lakes RV Park
100 Ogier Ave
Morgan Hill, CA
408 779-0244

Pinto Lake Park
451 Green Valley Rd
Watsonville, CA
831 722-8129

San Francisco RV Resort
700 Palmetto Ave
Pacifica, CA
877-864-2728
182 sites

Santa Cruz Ranch RV Park
917 Disc Dr
Scotts Valley, CA 95066
877-864-2728
Full hook up, pull-thru sites

Saratoga Springs Park
22801 Big Basin Way
Saratoga, CA
408 867-3016 x824

Trailer Tel RV Park
1212 Oakland Rd
San Jose, CA
408 453-3535

Treasure Island RV Park
1700 El Camino Real
South San Francisco CA
650 994-3266

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