Big Basin Family Camp (aka "CarsBA")

Participants sitting around the campfire in the Artabout 2023 at Big Basin RSPParticipants hiking the Meteor Loop during the Artabout 2023 at Big Basin RSP

Join us for the very first public camping opportunity in Big Basin Redwoods State Park since the 2020 CZU fire! This car camping weekend will allow us to venture out on day hikes without all the gear in tow, a great option for folks of all skill and camping experience levels. Evenings will feature community, conversation and games, and special guests will join us to discuss the past, present, and future of the park!

As such this adventure is family-friendly, allowing youth aged 11 and up to join with a parent or adult family member. We're even offering a discount for all youth aged 11-17 at just $100 each (adult price $200 each)! Parents please email us at or give us a call at 831-291-8273 to reserve your spaces. Be advised we do require at least one adult per youth aged 11-13 and one adult per two youth aged 14-17.

There will be multiple day hikes to choose from on Saturday, from an easy 2.5-mile jaunt on the Skyline to the Sea trail along Opal Creek through recovering old growth redwood forest, to a nearly 6-mile hike showing off some of our spectacular ridgeline vistas. And of course we’ll be touring the historic and beloved Redwood Loop.

Don’t miss your chance to join Big Basin’s first camping comeback since 2020!


Difficulty: Easy - Moderate (depending on day hikes chosen)


Itinerary: Friday August 2 - Sunday August 4, 2024

Starting Location/Time: Big Basin Headquarters 1:00pm (8/2)

Ending Location/Time: Big Basin Headquarters, about 3pm (8/4)


Schedule Appointment



General Trip Information

All mileage is based on official State Parks and Midpen Open Space maps. Some GPS and other personal trackers may provide alternative mileage results.

Participants must be able to hike 2-3 miles/hour with a 20lb pack.


  • WE provide:
    - water filters
    - hot water for AM/PM meals
    - traditional teas
    - *Shuttle between start and ending location for The Skyline Sojourn adventure
  • YOU provide:
    transportation to starting location
    - bring all your own food
    - be able to hike up to 11 miles per day
    - tent/sleeping bag/ sleeping pad
    - all equipment on checklist

To complete registration, it is mandatory to submit the Liability Release Form and the Photo Release Form(optional). To download these forms, please click here.

Participation is open to adults 18 or over, and children ages 13 to 17 accompanied by a parent or guardian.

Cancellation Policy
Reservations are NON-TRANSFERABLE and may only be used by the original registrant. A 50% refund will be issued if you cancel more than 60 days before your trip. Cancellations less than 60 days notice are NON-REFUNDABLE.