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  • Warning: Elk Calving Season, Elk Can Be Aggressive

    Female (cow) elk are defensive of their newly born calves. As people approach, a cow may charge and/or rear up and lash out with her front legs. For your safety, STAY 500 FEET AWAY from elk, at all times. More »

  • Davison Road Maintenance begins 7/7/2014. Expect delays.

    Beginning July 7, road crews will be grading sections of Davison Road between the hours of 8 am and 4:30 pm. Visitors to Gold Bluffs Beach and Fern Canyon should expect 30 minute delays.





A wide assortment of butterflies may be found throughout the various habitats within Redwood National and State Parks. Good places to go butterfly-watching in the parks are the Bald Hills prairies and oak woodlands, coastal scrublands and back dunes of beaches, and in the redwood forest. Sunny, warm days in spring and summer, with little wind make for the best butterfly- watching. A pair of binoculars capable of close-focusing (6-9 ft; 1.8-2.7 m) is all one needs to get good views of park butterflies!

Download the Redwood National and State Parks butterfly checklist.

Did You Know?

Did You Know?

You can travel by car to Gold Bluffs Beach to hike along a meandering stream through a hidden canyon with 30-foot walls covered by several species of ferns. Follow steps up to James Irvine Trail to a prairie that was once a small mining town above Fern Canyon.