Newton B. Drury Scenic Parkway is CLOSED due to hazardous road conditions.
Inclement weather often creates unsafe road conditions. Currently, there is a "glaze" of transparent ice on sections of the road. The Parkway will reopen as soon as State law enforcement officers deem it safe to travel upon.
Most campgrounds remain OPEN. Sites are available on first-come, first-served basis.
Jed Smith, Elk Prairie, Gold Bluffs Beach campgrounds are OPEN. All sites are available on first-come, first-served basis. Mill Creek Campground is CLOSED and will reopen May 16, 2014. More »
Gravel Access Road CLOSED.
Gravel access road to the Tall Trees trailhead is closed until further notice. Tall Trees Trail and Grove are still open. The easiest way to access this area is by hiking the Redwood Creek Trail, which is 8 miles one way.
Yurok Brush Dance Demonstration: August 6, 2011
Contact: Jim Wheeler, (707) 465-7764
On Saturday, August 6th, members of the Yurok Tribe will present a Brush Dance Demonstration at 2:00 p.m. at the Thomas H. Kuchel Visitor Center. The Thomas H. Kuchel Visitor Center is located just off Highway 101, one mile south of the town of Orick, on the beach just north of Freshwater Lagoon. The demonstration is open to the public, free of charge, and will last about an hour.
The dance demonstration is co-hosted by Redwood National and State Parks, Redwood Parks Association, and members of the Yurok Tribe. Traditionally, the Brush Dance is performed by the Yurok, Hupa, and Karuk Tribes of the Klamath/Trinity watershed, as a curing ceremony for a sick child in the community. Called mey-lee in Yurok, the Brush Dance is traditionally held around a fire in the central pit of a redwood plank house that has had its roof and walls removed. For the demonstration, the program will be held outside of the Kuchel Visitor Center, in an area of cultural significance to the Yurok Tribe. Many northwestern California tribes continue to pass on their language, arts, and traditions, particularly in the form of song and dance.
Come share in this celebration of local culture. Bring blankets or folding chairs as seating will be limited. For more information about this event please contact Ranger Jim Wheeler at 707-465-7764.
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Did You Know?
Elk once ranged over most of the United States from Maine to New Mexico. By 1860, the eastern elk had been eliminated by hunters. By 1912, about 124 Roosevelt elk remained in northern California. Prairie Creek Redwood State Park became an elk refuge in 1923 where elk are common today.