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This year is Redwood National Park's 50th Anniversary. There will be special events, exhibits, programs and educational opportunities for you. Some of these are inside the park, some of these are will be in our neighboring communities and towns. Find out more about our 50th anniversary events.

Visitors should be prepared for cooler and damp weather. Dress in layers and expect to get wet. Year-round temperatures along California's redwood coast: mid-40s°F (7°C) to mid-60s°F (18°C). Summer can be foggy, with highs occasionally reaching low 70s°F (20°C). Winters are cooler with considerable rain. October through April averages 60-80 inches of rain over the region.

Redwood National and State Parks are fee free with the exception of day use areas within the Prairie Creek Redwoods, Del Norte Coast Redwoods, and Jedediah Smith Redwoods State Parks. Both state park day use passes and Interagency Federal Passes (Senior, Annual, Access, etc.) are accepted within these three state parks.

Fern Canyon is within a day use area and requires paying a day use fee of $8 per car or showing a federal or state pass. 

Entrance Fees:

Redwood National Park Entrance Fee - $0.00

There are no entrance stations in the National Park. The only entrance fee is to the Gold Bluffs Beach section of Prairie Creek Redwoods State Park.

Gold Bluffs Beach - Day Use fee. - $0.00

Entry fee for one vehicle, valid for one day.

Gold Bluffs Beach - Day Use Entrance Fee - $8.00

For vehicle access to Fern Canyon and Gold Bluffs Beach Campground. Currently, this is the only entrance fee in Redwood National and State Parks.

Entrance Fees - $0.00

There are no entrance stations or fee booths as you drive the highways and scenic parkways through the parks. The only entrance fee is to Gold Bluffs Beach / Fern canyon.

Entrance Fees - $0.00

There are no entrance fees into Redwood National Park. There are no fees to drive The Newton B. Drury Scenic parkway, or Howland Hill Road in the state parks.

Redwood State and National Park Entrance Fee - $0.00

There are no entrance fees to drive the scenic drives or highway in the parks.

Entrance Passes:

America the Beautiful Pass - $0.00

There are no fees, or entrance stations to enter Redwood National Park. We do not sell the federal passes. You can use your federal "Senior", or "Access" passes for a 50% discount on camping at Jedediah Smith Redwood, Del Norte Coast Redwood, and Prairie Creek Redwood State Parks.

California Explorer Vehicle Day Use Annual Pass - $0.00

This will get you into Gold Bluff Beach for free. The pass is also honored at most parks throughout the state that are operated by California State Parks and charge a vehicle day use fee.

Thomas H. Kuchel Visitor Center

Southern-most visitor center in the parks. Located one mile south of Orick - on the beach just off Highway 101. Information, backcountry permits, exhibits, junior ranger program, sales.

Crescent City Information Center

Located in the bottom floor of park headquarters. Information, picnic area, junior ranger program and sales.

Prairie Creek Visitor Center

Located just off the Newton B. Drury Scenic Parkway - in the heart of Prairie Creek Redwoods State Park. 6.5 miles north of Orick, CA. Information, exhibits, junior ranger program, sales.

Hiouchi Visitor Center

Northern-most park visitor center. Now open year round. Located on Hwy 199 from / to Grants Pass, Oregon. 9-miles east of Crescent City, CA. Information, backcountry permits, exhibits, junior ranger programs, sales.

Jedediah Smith Visitor Center

Located in the Jedediah Smith Redwoods State Park campground. Seasonal operation dependent on staffing. Information, exhibits, junior ranger programs, sales.

Kids in the redwoods!
The coast redwoods


The Amazing Diversity

An amazing diversity of life exists at Redwood National and State Parks (RNSP). The ancient coast redwood ecosystem preserved in the parks contains some of the planet's most majestic forests. Here, banana slugs, gray whales, Douglas-fir, black bears, and sea anemones are equally at home with redwoods.

Park staff work to maintain and restore the area's biological diversity through a wide range of resource management and educational activities. Preserving both natural processes and the region's species and genetic diversity helps ensure that countless generations can experience the beauty and complexity of an old-growth redwood forest.

This is your personal classroom whose wonders wait to be explored.

Preserve and Protect

When western expansion met the redwoods in the 1800s, the trees began to fall under saw and axe. The massive redwoods offered early settlers a seemingly inexhaustible lumber supply. However, within a hundred year span the vast forests were reduced to a fraction of their former range. By the early 1900s, it was apparent that the future of the old-growth redwood forest was in doubt.

Thanks to the visionary actions of the Save-the-Redwoods League, the redwoods received the protection they needed. Jedediah Smith Redwoods State Park, Del Norte Coast Redwoods State Park, and Prairie Creek Redwoods State Park were created by the State of California in the 1920s to protect some of the finest remaining examples of coast redwoods.

Working Together

Congress protected lands adjacent to the three California state parks in 1968 with the creation of Redwood National Park. In 1994, the California Department of Parks and Recreation and the National Park Service agreed to jointly manage the four-park area for maximum resource protection.

Today, visitors to RNSP will find not only old-growth redwood groves but open prairie lands, two major rivers, and 37 miles (60 km) of pristine California coastline. RNSP is also a testing ground for large scale forest and stream restoration of severely impacted lands.

American Indian tribes have made their home within the North Coast* region for thousands of years and still maintain their cultural presence today in areas surrounding RNSP. The parks' managers work in consultation with the tribes to ensure that their cultural practices can continue.

We invite you to visit the rich community of life at RNSP. Together, these parks are recognized as both a World Heritage Site and an International Biosphere Reserve. The designations reflect worldwide awareness of RNSP's resources as irreplaceable. They must be safeguarded.

*Redwood National and State Parks reside in the North Coast of California and Oregon. The North Coast is a loosely defined region from about Ukiah, CA inland and Fort Bragg, CA on the coast, extending to Josephine County in Oregon. When travelling on Highway 101 south to north, you'll notice a distinct change in vegetation from California oak woodlands to the Douglas-fir/coast redwood forests and a very moist climate.


Last updated: March 16, 2018

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