Wastahi Walk-in Campground

Big Basin Redwoods State Park

Big Basin Redwoods State Park

Wastahi Campground, Big Basin Redwoods State Park, CA

Wastahi Walk-in Tent 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

Wastahi Walk-in Campground

Wastahi Walk-in Campground is hidden away about 1½ miles from Big Basin Redwoods State Park headquarters. This quiet, forested campground offers more of a backcountry feel than the other campgrounds in the park. Big Basin is one of the premier family camping destinations in California. Easy to explore trails leading in many directions along gurgling creeks and among giant redwoods, wildlife abounds, and a host of interpretive programs are available for all ages.

Wastahi Campground sites are number 76 -102. They are only open during the summer from about May 22 to the end of Labor Day weekend. Campers park at a lot off Sky Meadow Road and carry their gear to their sites.

Campground Basics
Location: 25 miles northwest of Santa Cruz
Elevation: 1,000 feet
Number of Sites: 26 (#76 - #102)
Max. People per Site: 8 (including children)
Vehicles per Site: 2 in parking lot
Pets: On leash, always attended

Reservations Available: Memorial Day weekend -Labor Day
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.
Wheelchair Accessible Sites: None designated
Fees: $35 plus an $8 reservation fee
Online Reservations: Wastahi Campground
Check-in, check-out: 2:00 PM, Noon
Park Headquarters: (831) 338-8860

Wastahi Campground Amenities
Campsites: Picnic table, food locker, fire ring
Campground: restrooms with flush toilets, tap water
Showers: Yes, 25 cents for 2 minutes
Campground Map: Big Basin Campgrounds Map
Nearby attractions: Hiking trails, redwood groves, waterfalls, visitor center, nature museum
Common Wildlife: Deer, raccoons, quail, woodpeckers

Headwuarters at Big Basin Redwoods State Park, CA

Big Basin Headquarters and Visitor Center

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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