Big Basin Activities and Events

Co-Sponsored by California State Parks and Mountain Parks Foundation
Big Basin is located 9 miles outside of Boulder Creek on Hwy 236. For more information about these events call (831) 338-8883.
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Campfire Programs (special guest campfires; see below!)

August 1-19: Every Tuesday, Thursday, Friday, and Saturday at 7 pm
Friday, August 25 at 7 pm

Join us in our Big Basin Campfire Center for an evening of song and story. Serenade the glittering stars and learn about redwood ecology, creatures of the forest or stories of the park while relaxing in the shadows of the towering trees. Marshmallows (we provide the sticks and marshmallows!) at 7 pm; program begins at 7:30 pm. Wheelchair, stroller accessible. Good dogs welcome. Event is free; parking is $10.

Redwood Grove Loop Walk

Saturdays and Sundays in August at 11am and 2pm
Monday, August 7 at 11am and 2pm
Thursday, August 10 at 11am and 2pm
Friday, August 18 at 11am and 2pm

How do these grand redwoods grow to be so old? So tall? How are they important to humans? Join us for this fun and informative guided half-mile stroll through a magnificent old-growth redwood forest. Meet the famous Mother Tree, the Father of the Forest and the incredible Chimney Tree on this 90-minute walk. Stroller and wheelchair accessible. Meet at Park Headquarters, located 9 miles north of Boulder Creek on Highway 236. Event is free; vehicle day-use fee is $10. 

Exploring Big Basin Hike

Tuesdays at 9 am

Learn about redwoods, forest plants, fires, history and more on these fun, varied hikes with Docents Paul and Eva Fewel and Diane Shaw. Hikes are 5-8 miles and last up to 5 hours. We go rain or shine, but strong winds may cancel. Meet at Park Headquarters, located 9 miles north of Boulder Creek on Highway 236. Event is free; vehicle day-use fee is $10. Event made possible by Mountain Parks Foundation, California State Parks volunteers, and California State Parks.

Junior Rangers

August 1-20: every day but Wednesday at 3pm
August 1-20: Saturdays at 11am & 3pm
Wednesday, August 2 at 10am Special 2-hour program
Wednesday, August 9 at 10am Special 2-hour program
Wednesday, August 16 at 10am Special 2-hour program
(No programs August 21 - August 31)

Discover the fascinating secrets of the forest! Explore, practice outdoor skills and play games as you learn about plants, animals, geology, and more. This program is designed for kids ages 7-12. Please register your child at the Nature Lodge Museum 15 minutes before the program begins. Please be sure your child is dressed for active play in the outdoors. Event is free; parking is $10.

Discover Big Basin Redwoods Hike!

Saturday, August 12 at noon
Sunday, August 13 at noon
Saturday, August 26 at noon
Sunday, August 27 at noon

Explore the park’s less travelled backcountry with Docent Barry Grimm. This moderately paced hike will be tailored to the group’s interests. Based on group size, experience level and weather conditions, we’ll choose from the many trails that explore the park’s most scenic areas. Event is free; parking is $10. Meet at Big Basin Park Headquarters.

Meteor Trail Hike

Saturday, August 5 at 10:30am
Friday, August 25 at 2pm
Sunday, August 27 at 10:30am

Join Docent Hal Anjo on one of our most diverse hikes—by mountain streams, oak woodlands, chaparral and redwoods. You’ll discuss forests, flowers and fires on a six-mile, 3.5-hour hike. This somewhat strenuous ascent is rewarded with ocean views on a clear day. Bring water, lunch and good hiking shoes. Meet at Big Basin Park Headquarters, located 9 miles north of Boulder Creek on Highway 236. Event is free; vehicle day-use fee is $10.

Discover Big Basin Redwoods Hike!

Sunday, July 9 at noon
Saturday, July 15 at noon
Sunday, July 16 at noon
Sunday, July 23 at noon
Sunday, July 30 at noon

Explore the park’s less travelled backcountry with Docent Barry Grimm. This moderately paced hike is tailored to the group’s interests. Based on group size, experience level and weather conditions, we’ll choose from the many trails that explore the park’s most scenic areas. Meet at Big Basin Park Headquarters. Event is free; vehicle day-use fee is $10.

The Road Less Traveled—A Dog-Friendly Walk

Sunday, August 6 at 9:30am
Saturday, August 12 at 10:30am
Sunday, August 27 at 9:30am

On this dog-, stroller- and wheelchair-friendly walk, we travel North Escape Road, a paved road closed to traffic. We tour stunning old-growth redwood groves along beautiful Opal Creek. We'll discuss redwood ecology and park history while exploring the deep shade of the redwood forest. This is a fun, easy, 3-mile, 2-hour walk with Docent Laurie Bergren and her dog Musa. Dogs not required, but welcome! Bring water and meet at Big Basin Park Headquarters. Event is free; vehicle day-use fee is $10.

Snakes Alive!

Saturday, August 26 from noon to 3pm

Why are snakes important to us? How do they see, smell, taste, hear? What and how do they eat? What does a snake feel like? Come to the Sempervirens Room at Big Basin Park Headquarters and meet Docent Diane Shaw and learn about the fascinating world of snakes. Stop by anytime to meet the snake and talk to Diane. Event is free; vehicle day-use fee is $10.

For other events not listed, please visit Big Basin Redwoods State Parks event website here.

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