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These activities begin at Big Basin Redwoods State Park main entrance located 9 miles outside of Boulder Creek on Hwy 236 (831) 338-8883.  For activities at the Rancho del Oso location located off Highway 1, click here.

Annual Events for 2014

Romance in the Redwoods Walk - Saturday, February 15, 2014 at 1:00 p.m.
On this easy, 2-hour walk you'll learn about the courtship behaviors of some of the park's most fascinating plants and animals. Join us and discover how banana slugs, redwood trees and more celebrate love in the wild!

Mother's Day Walk -  Sunday, May 11, 2014 at 1:00 p.m.
Celebrate the women of Big Basin and Mother's Day by honoring the spirited women who lived, worked and fought for Big Basin.  Stroller and wheelchair accessible.

Father's Day Walk -  Sunday, June 15, 2014 at 1:00p.m. 
Celebrate Father's Day by honoring some of the remarkable men who lived, work and fought for Big Basin.  Stroller and wheelchair accessible.

July 25-27, 2014, Various times and locations throughout the weekend.
Storytelling weekend presented in collaboration with South Bay Storytellers. 

Big Basin “Nature Tails”
Saturday, July 26 at 4:30 pm

A world of animal songs and stories presented for children of all ages by local storytellers. Meet at the Campfire Center.

Storytellers’ Showcase Campfire!
Saturday, July 26 at 6:30 pm

Sit back and experience an old-fashioned evening steeped in the oral tradition, as our guest storytellers weave their yarns in our historic amphitheater. Meet at the Campfire Center. The evening begins with fire lighting and marshmallow roasting at 6:30, and storytelling at 7:00.

Big Basin Founders’ Day and Redwood Jubilee
Saturday, September 27, 2014, from 10:00 a.m. to 8:00 p.m.
Celebrate anniversary of California's oldest state park. Enjoy historical hikes, a special program for children and an evening melodrama at the campfire center.

The Missing Arm of William Waddell - Saturday, October 25, 2014
Bring a flashlight for this slightly-spooky, somewhat-silly trailside tale.  Sign ups begin at 6:30p.m. for walks that leave every 10-minutes beginning at 7:00p.m.

Redwood Loop Walks
Every Saturday and Sunday at 11 am and 2 pm
(reduced winter schedule, call park for details)
How do these grand redwoods grow to be so old? So tall? How are they important to humans? Join us for this fun and informative guided half-mile stroll through a magnificent old-growth redwood forest. Meet the famous Mother Tree, the Father of the Forest and the incredible Chimney Tree on this 90-minute walk. Stroller and wheelchair accessible. Meet at Park Headquarters.  Self-guided trail brochures also available.

Events made possible by California State Park Docents, California State Parks and Mountain Parks Foundation


  • Mountain Biking
    • Fire Roads are open to Mountain Biking
    • No Mountain Bikes allowed on Single Track Trails
    • North Escape Road (Picnic Area Road) is level and paved and makes a good easy route.
      • It is closed to private autos passed the locked gate
  • Fire Roads in Park
    • Gazos Creek Road
      • 16 miles. Goes to Highway #1 North of Swanton.
    • Middle Ridge Fire Road
    • Hihn Hammond Road
    • Johansen Road
    • Chalks Road
  • Trail Camps
    • Please click on the Backcountry Trail Camps Information Tab for complete information, rules and frequently asked questions.  Trail Camps open May 1 through Oct. 31 annually. Closed Nov. 1- April 30.
    • Advance reservations are required.
    • Reservations via Big Basin Headquarters, Monday-Friday 9am to 5pm, (831)335-8861, up to 56 days in advance.
  • Group Camps
    • Sequoia Group Camp (2 Group Camps) Open All Year
      • Fifty people per site
      • 18 Vehicles
    • Sky Meadow Group Camp (2 Group Camps) May 26-Oct 28
      • Forty people per site
      • 15 Vehicles
      • Reservations through Reserve America 1-800-444-7275
    • Equestrian Trails
      • Horses are allowed on Equestrian Trails and all double track trails in the Park.

    • Horse Camps
      • Six sites.
      • Six people per site.
      • Minimum of one horse per site.
      • One tow vehicle and one horse trailer per site
      • Reserve via Rancho Del Oso.