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Big Basin Redwoods State Park is located in the beautiful Santa Cruz Mountains among the inspiring California Redwoods. Big Basin Tent Cabins offer convenience and comfort in a beautiful outdoor setting.

Big Basin Tent Cabins feature raised platforms with mattress pads, a table, a wood stove, and a lockable door. There is also a picnic table, fire ring, and room for one traditional tent outside. Best of all, this enclosed structure requires no set-up!

If you do not own any camping gear, try the Total Camping Packages add-on, including 4 sleeping bags, a cook stove, pots and pans, cooking utensils, a lantern, and a 60-quart cooler. Also, one bundle of wood and one bag of ice are provided per night (max of two each per reservation). This package can be reserved online. Cabins available for this package are #8, #9, #20, #28 and #29. The Total Camping Packages cost $125 per night.

Better still, try our Deluxe Tent Cabins, including your beds made up for your arrival (sheets, towels, blankets, comforter, and pillows), curtains, lantern, bath towels, and washcloths. Deluxe Tent Cabins are available online. Cabins available for this package are #6, #7, #10, #12, #13, #14, #30, and #31. The Deluxe Tent Cabins cost $100.00 per night.

The Total Camping Packages or Deluxe Tent Cabins may be reserved either online at www.parks.ca.gov or by calling ReserveAmerica at 1-800-444-7275.

The Camp Store and Gift Shop has an excellent selection of gifts, apparel, and souvenirs as well as camping supplies, groceries, beer and wine, and ice and wood for campfires. Our freshly brewed espresso bar and freshly squeezed organic juice bar are open daily. Soft drinks, sandwiches to go, and snacks make your picnic a snap.

Designated the first State Park in 1902, Big Basin enjoys warm summer weather and is open year round for camping, hiking, and picnicking. The park has over 80 miles of trails. Be sure and pick up a map at park headquarters before your hike and take a look at the multimedia kiosk in the Sempervirens Room (next to park headquarters). There you will find great information, photos, and video of some of the most popular trails. Some of these trails link Big Basin to Castle Rock State Park and the eastern reaches of the Santa Cruz range. The Skyline to the Sea Trail threads its way through the park along Waddell Creek to the beach and adjacent Theodore J. Hoover Natural Preserve, a freshwater marsh. The park has a surprising number of waterfalls, a wide variety of environments (from lush canyon bottoms to sparse chaparral-covered slopes), many animals (deer, raccoons, an occasional bobcat) and lots of bird life-including Steller's jays, egrets, herons, and California woodpeckers.

Check the State Parks website for additional information on the weather, suggested day hikes, or to see the park brochure, campground map, park photos, video, and more. Information available will vary from park to park.Click here

Services & Amenities:

Within Facility
  • ADA Access
  • Comfort Station
  • Disabled Access Site
  • Dump Station
  • Fire Rings
  • Hiking Trails
  • Nature Trails
  • Parking
  • Picnic Area
  • Ranger Station
  • Restrooms
  • Showers
  • Store - Convenience
  • Toilet, Accessible
  • Visitors Center
Alerts and Important Information

ALERT: Big Basin Tent Cabins Concession Cancellation Policy:

  • Cancellations 6 or less days prior to arrival incur $7.50 cancellation fee + first night use fee.
  • $7.50 cancellation fee applies to all other cancellations.
  • There is 2-night minimum on weekends for the Standard Cabins.
  • There is a 2-night minimum on all Total Camping Packages (#8, #9, #20, #28 and #29) and Deluxe Tent Cabins (#6, #7, #10, #12, #13, #14, #30, and #31) year round.
  • Sites that cannot be reserved for the minimum stay requirement may be available on a first-come, first-served basis at the park gift shop. Please do not call to reserve them.
  • There is 3-night minimum for holidays (Memorial Day, Independence Day, and Labor Day). Also, a 3-night minimum stay for Thanksgiving Day holiday period.
  • Cancellations for stays less than 2 nights on weekends or for stays less than 3 nights for the holidays named above will incur a $7.50 cancellation fee + first night use fee.
  • Reservations must be made at least 1 day in advance.
  • There are no refunds for early departures.
    • Park is open, and available for reservations Year Round.
    • Fees include entry for 1 vehicle and 1 legally towed vehicle or trailer, additional vehicles will be charged per night at the park.
    • For Tent Cabin Site Check-in, it is at Grocery Store and Gift Shop during specific hours. After Hour you will check at the Tent Cabin Host Site.
    • Because the tent cabins are operated by a Concessionaire Discount passes issued by California State Parks are not valid
    • There are no swimming or fishing facilities at Big Basin State Park.
    • The mosquitoes are very bad. Please bring insect repellent or if you forget, you can pick some up at the Big Basin Redwoods Store.
    • Tent Cabins are $79/night.
  • Getting There:

    The park is 25 miles northwest of Santa Cruz via Highways 9 and 236 and about 65 miles south of San Francisco.
    IMPORTANT NOTE: All roads into Big Basin are curvy. For more detailed information: For additional information about the Big Basin Tent Cabins: Click here.

    Contact Information:

    Mailing Address:

    21600 Big Basin Way
    Boulder Creek CA

    Phone Number:

    Information: (831)338-4745