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Redwood Camping and Backpacking

Santa Cruz Mountains

Redwood Camping and Backpacking

Sleeping among the towering California redwood trees is an unforgettable treat. Local parks offer a variety of options for family and group camping. Whether you want the comfort of coming back to campground at night after an inspiring day hike or the solitude of backcountry camping, the local redwood parks have just what you need.

Plan your redwood camping trip today!

NOTE: Due to both COVID-19 restrictions and the recovery efforts from the 2020 wildfires, many parks may be closed or access may be limited. Whenever possible, consider how you can recreate responsibly and always check park websites for the latest information on available amenities, access, or closures.

Plan a trip to camp in these beautiful forests. For summer weekends, plan ahead and be sure to reserve your campsite online or by phone.

California State Parks: call 1-800-444-7275 or reserve online

Pescadero Creek County Park

  • Visit the website
  • Campground sites: none
  • Backcountry areas or sites: Hike-in camps are provided for the backpacker, first come-first serve at the Memorial Park Ranger Station, at Shaw Flat and Tarwater Trail Camps
  • Group camping: n/a
  • Reserve online or call 650-363-4021

Photo by Franco Folini

Sam McDonald County Park

Photo by Airplane Journal

More to Explore

While some treasured places like Big Basin Redwoods and Butano State Parks recover from the CZU Lightning Complex fire, there are many more amazing redwood forests to explore in the Santa Cruz Mountains and new special and favorite spots to discover.

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