Big Basin FAQs

How many acres? 18,000


How many miles of trails? 80+

How do I contact Big Basin?

The park’s public information number is 831-338-8860. See below for camping reservations.

Where can I walk my dog?
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.

Where can I ride my bike?
On paved and dirt roads; not on trails.

Where can I ride my horse?
On trails; not on paved and dirt roads.

Can I get a Big Basin Map?
You can purchase a Big Basin Redwoods State Park map at park headquarters, the Nature Store, the Big Basin Store, or online.  The map indicates all trails and roads.

How do I make a camping reservation?
To make camping reservations call Reserve America at 800-444-7275 or visit the Reserve America web site. The Reserve America site features campsite maps showing the location of each site in relation to parking, restrooms, and other facilities.

You can make reservations for any of the back country trail camps at
Big Basin (on the Skyline to the Sea Trail Trail) by calling Big Basin
Headquarters at 831-338-8861, 9 am to 5 pm, Mon-Fri, March through
October. There is an $8.00 reservation fee.

You can make reservations for the Horse Camp at Rancho Del Oso by calling 831-425-1218.