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. Click here for map.
The Men of Big Basin—A Father’s Day Special Event
Sunday, June 18 at 1 pm
Celebrate Father’s Day by honoring some of the remarkable men who lived in, worked in and fought for Big Basin. Living history re-enactments bring you back in time where you’ll meet pioneer settlers, Big Basin founders and early park rangers. Stroll through the magnificent redwoods on this half-mile, 1.5-hour walking play. Wheelchair and stroller accessible. Meet at Big Basin Park Headquarters. Event is free; vehicle day-use fee is $10.
Redwood Grove Loop Walk
Saturdays & Sundays at 11 am & 2 pm
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
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.
Evening Campfire Programs
Mondays, Wednesdays, Thursdays, Fridays, Saturdays & Sundays at 7 pm
(Programs start Saturday, June 3, no programs June 1 and June 2)
Join us in our historic 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. Fire lighting and marshmallows (we provide the sticks and marshmallows!) at 7 pm; program begins at 7:30 pm. Wheelchair, stroller accessible. Good dogs welcome! Meet at Big Basin Park Headquarters. Event is free; vehicle day-use fee is $10.
Big Basin Nature Club
Mondays, Thursdays, Fridays,
Saturdays and Sundays at 4:30 pm
Tuesdays at 1:30 pm
(No program Wednesday, June 21)
This fun program is for children ages 3-6 and their families. Pretend, play, sing and explore! This half-hour program will introduce youngsters to the wonders of the redwood forest. Meet at the Big Basin Nature Lodge. Event is free; vehicle day-use fee is $10.
Meteor Trail Hike
Sunday, June 4 at 10 am
Saturday, June 24 at 10 am
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, June 4 at noon
Saturday, June 10 at noon
Sunday, June 11 at noon
Sunday, June 18 at noon
Sunday, June 25 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, June 18 at 10am
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.
Saturday, June 24 from 12-3 pm
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.