Visitor Center, Museum, & Tours

Entrance to the new visitor center at Calaveras Big Trees State Park.Visitor Center

The Calaveras Big Trees Visitor Center is your one-stop place for information about the park as well as the place to purchase unique items related to Calaveras Big Trees. Our friendly, knowledegable staff of park personnel and volunteers are here to help. They can answer questions you may have about:

Weather conditions
Road conditions
Special events

...and much, much more. So give them a call, or stop by, and see how they can help you enjoy the park.


The Calaveras Big Trees Association, a non-profit 501(c)(3) organization, is responsible for operating the bookstore inside the visitor center. The bookstore has many unique and one of a kind items for all members of the family. Come browse our large selection of books, t-shirts, puzzles, and more. The bookstore is open the same hours as the visitor center so come on in and take a look.


The visitor center has a wonderful museum for your enjoyment. There are many large and small mammals on display as well as hands on items for viewing and educational experiences. Do you know what a 400 pound Black Bear looks like? What is the difference between a Mountain Lion and a Bobcat? Find the answers to these questions and many more. With birds and squirrels; rocks and Miwok Indians; loggers and fires, there's something in the museum for everyone. Admission to the museum is included with your paid admission to the park.


Guided hikes through the North Grove are offered Saturdays at 1 p.m. This 1.5 - 2 hour hike is free with your paid admission to the park. Meet near the warming hut. 
For more information please call the visitor center at (209) 795-3840. Additional hikes and programs may be offered in the summer. Please check park announcement boards upon arrival.

Please visit the School and Group Tours Page for information about guided and self-guided tours.