Dec 8: The National Park Service (NPS) is working service-wide with federal, state, and local public health authorities to closely monitor the COVID-19 pandemic. Based on guidance from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), and state and local public health authorities, access to Redwood National and State Park is as follows:
Open: All outdoor areas. Retail spaces within national park visitor centers (Thomas H. Kuchel, Hiouchi) remain open at 25% capacity. Closed: Non-retail spaces within national park visitor centers. All of the CA state park visitor centers (Prairie Ceek, Jedediah Smith) are closed. High Bluff Overlook and Klamath River Overlook are closed. Flint Ridge backcountry camp is closed.
While the listed areas are accessible for visitors to enjoy, a return to full operations will continue to be phased, and services may be limited.
When recreating, please follow local area health orders and recreate responsibly by keeping social distance, wearing a face covering when social distance cannot be maintained, avoiding high risk activities, and staying home if you feel sick.
The CDC has offered guidance to help people recreating in parks and open spaces prevent the spread of infectious diseases. We will continue to monitor all park functions to ensure that visitors adhere to CDC guidance for mitigating risks associated with the transmission of COVID-19 and take any additional steps necessary to protect public health.
Redwood National and State Parks is in two counties. Del Norte County is north of the Klamath River. Humboldt County is south of the Klamath River.
The health and wellbeing of visitors and park employees remains our top priority. We continue to work closely with the NPS Office of Public Health using CDC guidance to ensure public areas and workspaces are safe and clean for visitors, employees, partners, and volunteers. Our operations will be flexible, continually evaluated and adjusted as necessary to ensure public health and safety. Updates on the park’s operations will be posted on this page, the Current Conditions page, and our park social media.
What is Currently Open and Closed in Redwood National and State Parks:
In response to guidance from the State Health Department and to support the nation’s effort to reduce the spread of COVID-19, Redwood National and State Parks may temporarily limit indoor services at the park. The following buildings and facilities are open with restrictions:
Hiouchi Visitor Center and Kuchel Visitor Center
The visitor centers are limited to 25% capacity. Park maps and restroom facilities are available. Park ranger services at visitor centers are not available at this time. Self service orientation and self service information is available. Hours of operation may change during this time.
Redwood National and State Parks offer countless recreational opportunities for you to enjoy. With your help, these special places can be treasured by everyone while preserving them for future generations.
Protecting You: More than 300 million people visit national parks each year, as well as the communities living in or around them.
Protecting Us: Tens of thousands of NPS employees, plus volunteers, partners, and others, provide services for the safety and enjoyment of parks, including emergency assistance, facilities such as restrooms and visitor centers, transportation, and sales.
Protecting America’s Treasures: National parks are home to some of the nation’s most treasured and irreplaceable resources, including wildlife, scenery, and historic places.
Know before you go. Visit NPS.gov/findapark for current park conditions and availability of restrooms and other facilities. Make a plan, follow the 10 Essentials, and if you are sick, stay home.
Keep it close. Follow the state and county orders governing the open status of the area you’re considering visiting. The National Park Service is working closely with governors and state and local health departments as we increase access and services across the National Park System.
Keep your distance. Recreate with the people in your household. Give others plenty of room whether you are on a trail, at a boat launch, or in a parking lot. Follow the CDC social distancing guidelines for staying six feet away from others. Be prepared to cover your nose and mouth if you’re near others.
Know your limits. Postpone challenging hikes or trying new activities while first responders, parks, and communities continue to concentrate on responding to the pandemic.
Keep it with you. If you brought it, take it with you. Trash pickup and restroom facilities will continue to be limited in many park areas . Follow Leave No Trace principles.
Keep it inclusive. Be an active part of making our nation’s parks and public lands safe and welcoming for all identities and abilities.
Please Recreate Responsibly In The Redwoods
Spread out While you're enjoying the park, we encourage you to maintain at least 6 feet of distance from others to help stop the spread of COVID-19.
Pack it in, pack it out Use trash bins or take your trash home.
Plan ahead If your planned trail or area is crowded, please try a less crowded area.
Leave No Trace ethics are always important to follow. During this pandemic, national parks across the USA are stressing the importance of these ethics - no matter the place a person might be recreating at.
Redwood National and State Parks (RNSP) is an unusual partnership of three California state parks and one national park. The way that RNSP operates, or opens / closes areas and facilities during the COVID-19 pandemic follow local, state and federal guidance. This unique partnership means that even though the public is experiencing RNSP as one destination, they way the public can recreate in RNSP during COVID-19 means different things in different geographical parts of RNSP.
We know this can be confusing if you are in Redwood National and State Parks - or thinking about how you can visit us. This webpage will convey the best and current information about what is open. However, visitors are responsible for following the state, or federal laws that govern the particular location (within the boundaries of RNSP) that they are visiting.