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  • Backcountry Fire Restrictions in Effect (Last updated: 9/10/2014)

    Due to "Extreme Fire Danger," fires are currently prohibited in backcountry, including established fire rings at designated backcountry campsites and on Redwood Creek gravel bars. Personal camp stoves are allowed. Call 707-465-7335 for updates.





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.

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Gray whales migrate just offshore along the California coastline as they travel from Alaska to Baja California; a 10,000-mile round trip journey. The best time to view these 45-foot marine mammals are December/January and March/April. Watch for their spouts that are shaped like a heart.