Tall Trees Access Road and the Skunk Cabbage Trail Road are CLOSED to vehicles.
Effective June 3, 2013, these closures are necessary due to key vacancies in park staffing, including heavy equipment operators required to grade and maintain these roads. Access to the Tall Trees Grove is still available via 8 mile hike. More »
Miners Ridge and Ossagon backcountry camps closed indefinitely.
Backpacker sites avail. during summer only at Gold Bluffs Beach Campground (8 sites avail.; free permit req'd; $5 fee paid on site) and year-round at Elk Prairie Campground (hiker/biker sites avail., first-come, first-served; $5 fee paid on site). More »
Like all mammals in our parks, bears are wild. Inviting them into your picnic or camp—on purpose or accidentally—can result in damage to your equipment, you, or the bear. Bears have great memories, so they quickly become accustomed to human foods. Once habituated to campground fare, a bear may become aggressive to humans. At that point, wildlife managers may have to destroy the bear. Help save a bear and avoid personal injury by following these precautions:
The illusive tawny cat with the long tail: cougars (mountain lions) are large, seldom seen forest inhabitants. Still, mountain lion sightings have increased in recent years and like any wild animal, they can be dangerous. The following suggestions are recommended in lion country.
Prevent an encounter:
If a lion attacks:
The northern redwood region's most often seen land mammal is the Roosevelt elk. As the largest subspecies of North American elk, bulls can weigh as much as 1,200 pounds! Use caution with this wild animal:
Places to observe elk:
Be aware of the following safety hazards while in the parks:
Our Safety Message To You
In an emergency, call 911. For more information, call Redwood National and State Parks at (707) 465-7335.
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.