Sempervirens Campground

Big Basin Redwoods State Park

Big Basin Redwoods State Park

Sempervirens Campground, Big Basin Redwoods State Park, CA

Sempervirens Campground

Big Basin Attractions

Hiking among the Redwoods

Various trails lead out from the center of the park to interesting areas of the park. Some of the most popular trails are listed here.

  • Redwood Trail ½-mile loop, self-guided nature trail.
  • Sequoia Trail 4 mile loop
  • Maddocks Cabin Site 4-mile trail
  • Berry Creek Falls 10.5 miles round-trip

Activities and Programs

  • Guided Nature Walks
  • Campfire Talks.
  • Junior Rangers for ages 7-12
  • Big Basin Nature Club for ages 3-6 and their families

Key Big Basin Campground Regulations

  1. Wood collecting is not allowed, including twigs and leaves.
  2. Generators may only be operated from 10:00 AM to 8:00 PM.
  3. Secure food in lockers or vehicles. There are no bears.

Nearby Campgrounds

Big Basin Redwoods Campgrounds

Henry Cowell State Park

Portola Redwoods State Park

Semperivrens Campground

Sempervirens Campground is at the confluence of Sempervirens and Blooms creeks, ¾-mile from Big Basin Redwoods State Park headquarters. The beauty and grandeur of the park's redwood forests have been attracting visitors for more than a century. With so many places to explore and things to do, Big Basin is a premier camping place for families.

Sempervirens Campground offers comfortable campsites, usually well-spaced and with good privacy. Excellent amenities include hot showers. The campground is closed November through late March. During the shoulder season (late March - mid-May and after Labor Day through October), the campground is only open for Friday and Saturday nights.

Campground Basics
Location: 25 miles northwest of Santa Cruz
Elevation: 990 feet
Number of Sites: 31 (#157 - #188)
Max. People per Site: 8 (including children)
Vehicles per Site: 2 if they fit (trailer is a vehicle)
Pets: On leash, always attended
Terrain: mountains, forest

Reservations Available: Late April through October
Booking Window: from 2 days up to 7 months in advance of arrival
New dates are released in 1-month blocks on the first of each month.
Maximum Vehicle Length: 24 - 27 feet
Wheelchair Accessible Sites: #163, 187
Favorite Campsites: #158, 159, 160, 165, 168, 170, 176, 177, 178, 182
Fees: $35 plus an $8 reservation fee
Online Reservations: Sempervirens Campground
Check-in, check-out: 2:00 PM, Noon
Park Headquarters: (831) 338-8860

Sempervirens Campground Amenities
Campsites: Picnic table, food locker, fire ring
Campground: restrooms with flush toilets, tap water
Showers: Yes, 25 cents for 2 minutes
Dump Station: Located at Huckleberry Campground entrance
Campground Map: Big Basin Campgrounds Map
Nearby attractions: Hiking trails, waterfalls, redwood groves, visitor center, nature museum
Common Wildlife: Raccoons, deer, woodpeckers, quail

Trail in Big Basin Redwoods State Park, CA

One of many Big Basin Trails

Reservations Tips

Reservations for all Big Basin campsites are available from 2 days up to 7 months in advance. Reservations become available in one-month blocks on the first of the month, 7 months in advance. For example, on January 1 campsite reservations become available for all of July.

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