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The Horse Camp at Rancho Del Oso Unit on the coast side of Big Basin is open for interim walk-in and bike-in, non-equestrian camping. Reservations required.


Make your state parks adventures easier with a Golden Poppy Pass. Valid at all local state parks and beaches, this pass is available in the ParkStore Online.


Big Basin Redwoods State Park announces new weekend shuttle service and METRO bus service for the summer!


Join Friends for an Open House event at the Castro Adobe State Historic Park from 10:30 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. on Saturday, June 15!


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We're at the halfway point! 👏 It's now Day Three of our guessing game for CA State Parks Week! Can you guess today's state park? Here are the hints:

🌲 Home to the famous Candelabra Tree
🌲 After European settlement, the forest was logged until the Park’s creation in 1957
🌲 Adjacent to Gazos Creek, where two endangered species—steelhead trout and marbled murrelets—are guided from the sea to the forest where they lay their eggs
✏️ Drop your guess in the comments!
📸 : Russ Ferretti-Hoyle
ID: Image of a lush forest. In between mosses, ferns, and redwoods, a creek runs briskly through the forest floor.
#MyCAStatePark #CAStateParks #thatsmypark #californiahistory #visitsantacruz #redwoods

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Got a hankering to camp but don't know where to start? Join State Parks for the very first public camping opportunity in Big Basin Redwoods State Parks since the 2020 CZU Fire!

☀️ By day, campers will be able to choose from multiple hikes.
🌙 By night, everyone can gather for community conversations and games.

The trip is Aug. 2-4 at Big Basin Headquarters. Spots are limited. Learn more and sign up by visiting the link in our bio.


#Thatsmypark #BackToBigBasin #Camping #Forest #Redwoods #Nature #Outdoors #Summer

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📆 Don’t miss out! Join us TOMORROW, June 15 from 10 am to 2 pm for Art in the Park: Big Basin.

Enjoy California State Parks Week’s Community and Culture Day with fellow art enthusiasts and park lovers. You’ll be able to see over a dozen unique art exhibits in different mediums created to celebrate Big Basin’s recovery after the 2020 CZU Lightning Complex Fire, watch plein air artists at work, make your own art (no experience or supplies needed), savor tasty snacks from local food trucks (CASH ONLY), learn about Big Basin’s recovery process and organizations supporting the park, and take a hike, all deep within the renewing redwood forest.

Art and time spent outdoors enrich all of us individually and communally. We hope you’ll join us for this special event! For more information, visit www.castateparksweek.org

🚌 Plan on taking the Santa Cruz Metro 35B bus to travel to and from the park on June 15. The small Big Basin parking lot is expected to completely fill early in the day. The 35B bus will be free on the day of the event and offer extra service. Free parking is available at the Santa Cruz Metro Scotts Valley Transit Center.

Image: Ceramic statue of three children hugging and wearing clothes that mimic a redwood forest with text overlay that reads “Art in the Park: Big Basin; Saturday, June 15; 10 am – 2 pm” and the California State Parks Week logo in the bottom right corner. The art was created by Cynthia Siegel and will be displayed at Art in the Park: Big Basin.

📍 Ohlone Tribal Land

#BigBasin #BigBasinRedwoodsStatePark #BackToBigBasin #ReimaginingBigBasin #ThatsMyPark #CAStateParksWeek #artsincaliforniaparks

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🎉Happy California State Parks Week!

🎨Big Basin is excited to host our first post-fire event this Saturday, June 15th from 10-2: Art in the Park. This is just one way we are celebrating community and culture. We invited seventeen artists to interpret Big Basin’s transformation and recovery from the CZU Fire. Artists have spent the past year creating soundscapes, architectural elements, statues, short films, paintings, fiber art, wood carvings, photography, multimedia interactive installations, and more. Come meet the artists and view their work at Big Basin tomorrow, among a number of other activities!

🚌 Take the Bus! Due to Big Basin’s very limited parking, we are asking visitors to enjoy a free ride on the Santa Cruz Metro Bus during our event. For this event, Metro has increased the number of buses to Big Basin as well as complimentary parking at the Scotts Valley Transit Center and a free ride - Thanks Metro!

🗓️ Schedule can be viewed here: https://www.scmtd.com/en/bigbasinart

#VisitSantaCruz #BigBasin #ThatsMyPark #SantaCruzMountains #BacktoBigBasin #CAStateParksWeek #artsincaliforniaparks #METROadventure #ReimaginingBigBasin #SantaCruzHiking #Hiking #CZULightningComplexFire

📷Image: Santa Cruz Metro Free Fares flyer with Link: https://www.scmtd.com/en/bigbasinart

📍Cotoni and Quiroste Land

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