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Developed Campgrounds

Nestled among the temperate rainforest of the Santa Cruz Mountains, Big Basin Redwoods State Park features 146 individual campsites, four group sites, and 36 tent cabins (for more information regarding tent cabins, click here). Each campsite has a fire pit with grill top and provide plenty of room for the weekend adventurer to stretch out and kick back under the stars.  Campgrounds have bathrooms with running water and all the campgrounds, excluding Sky Meadow Group Camp, have quarter operated showers. Some sites can accommodate RVs up to 27 feet and trailers up to 24 feet, but there are no sewer or electrical hooks ups, however, there is an in-park dump station.

No two sites are the same at Big Basin, providing the camper the opportunity for a truly unique experience. Some are nestled among the redwoods and require a short hike in, great for those looking for seclusion, while others are more open with parking at the site, perfect for families looking for convenience and to make new friends. Don’t forget your canine companion; dogs are permitted in the campgrounds, but must on leash at all times. 

Huckleberry Campground and Sequoia Campground are open year-round. 

Blooms Creek Campground and Sempervirens Campground are open seven-days-a-week May 19-Sept 2. and open weekends Mar. 24-May 13 and Sept. 3-Oct. 28. They are closed seven-days-a-week Jan. 1-May 18 and Oct. 29-Dec. 31. 

Wastahi Campground and Sky Meadow Group Camp are open seven-days-a-week May 19-Sept. 2 and closed Jan. 1-May 18 and Sept. 3-Dec. 31. 

Reservations

For reservations to our developed campgrounds. Please visit  www.reservecalifornia.com or call 1-800-444-PARK (7275)

Backcountry Trail Camps

Big Basin Redwoods State Park contains five backcountry trail camps which are part of a network of eight trail camps which connect the tops of the Santa Cruz Mountains with the Pacific Ocean. Some of these trail camps are located along the famed Skyline to the Sea Trail and others are located in more off the beaten track but still beautiful locations.   

Permits are required for using the backcountry trail camps. For more information and to reserve permits, please visit the Santa Cruz Mountain Backcountry Trail Camps page.  

Backpackers must camp in designated trail camps. No dispersed camping is permitted.