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Big Basin Redwoods State Park
Located in the Santa Cruz Mountains of California
BigBasin.org - the only site for complete, current park information

Hiking and Camping

Click here for information about guided hikes

Hiking on Your Own

Easy hiking:
Redwood Loop Trail
Maddock Cabin Site
Sequoia Trail

Moderate hiking:
Sequoia Trail

Strenuous hiking:
Berry Creek Falls

Other trails

Camping

Backpacking

Camping at Big Basin

To make camping reservations for campsites, call Reserve America at 800-444-PARK (7275) or visit the Reserve America Web site. The Reserve America site features campsite maps showing the location of each site in relation to parking, restrooms, and other facilities.

Big Basin Redwoods State Park features Tent Cabin camping. These charming one-room cabins are managed by a private concession.

For reservations and additional information on the tent cabins, visit http://www.reserveamerica.com .

Click here to download Skyline to the Sea trail camp information (Adobe PDF)

Click here for camp fee information.


Entrance to Big Basin circa 1925

Trail Map by Mail

Trail maps may be purchased by mail by contacting the Mountain Parks Foundation at +1 831 335-3174. Trail maps may also be purchased at park headquarters when you arrive. Trail maps are also available online at mountainparks.org.

Campsites

There are 146 family campsites located in four campgrounds. Each site has a picnic table and a fire ring, and most have wooden storage cupboards. Piped drinking water, restrooms and showers are found in all the campgrounds. Some sites are designated for tent camping due to uneven parking spurs; many are multipurpose and have level parking areas large enough for most campers, trailers, and RVs. There are no hook-ups for RVs; however (,) there is a dump station located at Huckleberry Campground. Campers wanting a bit more privacy may enjoy one of the walk-in tent sites in the park. These campsites, just a short walk from the parking area, give you a greater sense of "being away from it all" and they have the same amenities as the rest of the campsites
Side note- We now have metal bear lockers.

There are four group camps in the park. The two at Sequoia Campground can accommodate up to 50 people each and may be reserved together for groups up to 100. Sequoia has hot water and showers in a central rest room. Sky Meadow's two camps each hold 40 people and may also be booked together for larger groups. Sky Meadow is a walk-in camp and has piped water and pit toilets but no showers or hot water.

Firewood is available for sale at park headquarters.

Click here for current campsite fee information.

Tent Cabins

Tent Cabins at Big Basin is a privately managed concession. To confirm current rates and terms, make Tent Cabin reservations, or request more information please call 1-800-444-7275.

Reservations for the tent cabins can not be made at the Big Basin Redwoods Store.

For reservations and additional information on the tent cabins, visit http://www.reserveamerica.com .

Each tent cabin measures approximately 12' x 14'. All are equipped with 2 double platform beds with mattress pads and a wood stove for heat. Firewood is available at the Big Basin Store and at park headquarters. Each cabin also contains a bench and table for dining. In addition, there is a picnic table and a fire ring with grill located just outside the cabin for cooking and evening get-togethers.

There are two rest rooms in the Tent Cabin Campgrounds. Coin operated showers and laundry facilities are also available. Please bring quarters. Showers cost $0.25 for 2 minutes.

Check in is at 2:00 pm and check out is at 12 noon. Each cabin site will accommodate two vehicles. There is a maximum of eight persons per campsite. Dogs are allowed. Each cabin will comfortably sleep four persons and you may pitch a tent of your own next to the Tent Cabin for an additional four persons. A rest room equipped for the disabled and three disabled accessible cabins are available.

Trail Camps

Big Basin Redwoods State Park backcountry trail camps will be closed
November 1-April 30. No backcountry camping is permitted during that time. Trail Camps: $15.00 per site. Six people per site. Reservations are required for trail camps and may be made up to eight weeks (56 days) prior to your departure date. Reserve via Big Basin Headquarters. Call +1 (831) 338-8861. You can also call in advance to inquire exactly which day reservations for your desired camp date open.. There is an $8.00 reservation fee.

Horse Camps

Six sites, $15.00 per site. Six people per site. Minimum of one horse per site. One tow vehicle and one horse trailer per site, extra vehicles $5 if space is available. Reserve via Rancho Del Oso. Call +1 (831) 425-1218.

Accessibility

The park's major campsites can be reached by automobile.

Some trails are wheelchair accessible.

Ask at park headquarters or telephone +1 (831) 338-8861 for more information.