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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

Travel Basics

10 Day Weather Forcast

Driving directions
Accessibility
Seasons/Climates
Dogs

Fees

Maps

Facilities

Our Address

Big Basin Redwoods State Park
21600 Big Basin Way
Boulder Creek, California, U.S.A.
95006-9064

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Operating Hours

The park is open every day year round from 6:00am to sunset. Office hours are currently 9:00am to 5:00pm Sunday through Thursday, and 8:00am to 8:00pm Friday and Saturday. Due to severe budgetary constraints, it is not possible to staff park headquarters on a daily basis during office hours at this time.

If you have an emergency while in the park call 911.

Public pay phones are located next to park headquarters.

Getting to Big Basin

Our GPS Coordinates

GPS coordinates at park headquarters are North 37° 10.341' West 122° 13.325 Park headquarters is at 1000 feet above sea level.

IMPORTANT NOTE: All roads into Big Basin are curvy. The least curvy route is route 1 as described below. If you have a RV or trailer, you should take route 1.

Route 1 (From San Jose, Oakland, Fremont)

Take the 880 freeway south, which becomes Highway 17. As you head towards Santa Cruz and come down from the summit, you will see a sign on the freeway for Big Basin. The actual road name is Mount Hermon Road. Exit the freeway here and stay right onto Mount Hermon Road. Stay on this road as it goes through the city of Scotts Valley. Mount Hermon Road ends at an intersection with a signal (Graham Hill Rd.). Turn right at this light. You will immediately come to another lighted intersection (Highway 9). Turn right again. Stay on Highway 9 in this northerly direction for 15 miles. You will be traveling through several mountain towns. You will eventually come to the town of Boulder Creek. In Boulder Creek there is one stop sign. At this stop sign you will turn left onto Highway 236/Big Basin Way. Stay on this highway for 9 miles and you will enter the Park. Proceed to Park Headquarters.

Route 2 (From San Francisco, Saratoga, Sunnyvale, Palo Alto)

Take either the 101 freeway south or 280 freeway south. From there take the 85 freeway south. Exit 85 at Saratoga Road. Turn right and head west on Saratoga Road. After a few miles, you'll encounter a signal. Pick up Highway 9 here; take a right and drive through the quaint shopping area of Saratoga. The road then begins to climb into the mountains. Stay on 9 as it winds through the mountains for 12 miles. You will then see a sign for Highway 236/Big Basin. Turn right onto Highway 236 and continue on this road for 9 miles until you come to Park Headquarters.

Route 3 (From California Highway 1, Santa Cruz, Half Moon Bay)

Take Highway 1 to Santa Cruz. Take Highway 9 north for 15 miles. You will pass through several mountain towns and eventually arrive at the town of Boulder Creek. In Boulder Creek there is one stop sign. At this stop sign you will turn left onto Highway 236/Big Basin Way. Stay on this road for 9 miles and you will enter the Park. Proceed to Park Headquarters.

Detour

Should Highway 9 be closed near Santa Cruz, exit Highway 1 at Ocean Street. Turn right onto Graham Hill Road at the fist signal you come to on Ocean. This road will take you into the town of Felton, where you will turn right onto Highway 9. Highway 9 winds through several mountain towns and eventually comes to the town of Boulder Creek. In Boulder Creek there is one stop sign. At this stop sign you will turn left onto Highway 236/Big Basin Way. Stay on this road for 9 miles and you will enter the Park.

Accessibility

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

Some trails are wheelchair accessible.

Ask at Park Headquarters, or telephone +1 (831) 338-8860 for more information.

Dogs

Dogs are welcome in the park but must be on a leash at all times. They are allowed in the picnic area, the campground area, and on paved roads only. Dogs are not allowed anywhere at Rancho del Oso or on any other trails or interior roads. They must be kept in the car or tent at night. They may not be left unattended.

Seasons/Climate

Winter: Cold, overcast and rainy. Big Basin receives the majority of its average 48 inches of rain. Average temperatures from December through March range from highs in the 50s to lows in the 20s.

Spring: Spring: Cool with showers and morning and evening fog. Average daytime highs are in the 60s, lows in the 30s to 40s.

Summer: Summer: Warm with cool nights. Expect morning fog in early summer. Average highs range from 75 to 95, lows from the 40s to 50s.

Fall: Warm days to cold nights. There are occasional early storms with rain. Average highs range from the 60s to about 75, lows from the 50s to about 30. Quite possibly the best weather of the year!