Elk Prairie Campground

Prairie Creek Redwoods State Park


Prairie Creek Redwoods State Park


Elk Prairie Campground, Prairie Creek Redwoods State Park, CA

Elk Prairie Campground

Redwood Empire Attractions

The Redwood Empire includes a number of state and national parks with magnificent groves of old-growth coastal redwoods. Visitors to Elk Prairie Campground in Prairie Creek Redwoods State Park are rewarded with beautiful meadow views and often views of grazing Roosevelt elk. Other attractions await around the Redwood Empire.

  • Visit Richardson Grove State Park with magnificent redwoods and excellent campgrounds.
  • Discover Grizzly Creek Redwoods State Park, a secluded redwoods park off the main highway.
  • Enjoy all the wonders of Humboldt Redwoods State Park with the Avenue of the Giants.
  • Don't overlook magnificent Prairie Creek Redwoods State Park which spreads over 14,000 acres. View wandering herds of elk, old-growth redwoods, and 10 miles of beach.
  • Seek out other parts of Del Norte Coast Redwoods State Park.
  • Many consider Jedediah Smith Redwoods State Park the best of all the Redwood Empire parks with its beautiful campsites, meandering trails, and the grand Smith River.

Key Elk Prairie Campground Regulations

  1. Dogs: Dogs are not allowed on any trails, but they are allowed on-leash on Cal-Barrel Road and Gold Bluffs Beach.
  2. Wood collecting is not allowed, including twigs and leaves.
  3. Generators may only be operated sparingly from 10:00 AM to 8:00 PM.
  4. Bicycles are only allowed on paved roads and designated trails.
  5. Fern Canyon is open year-round from 9 AM until dusk (weather and trail conditions permitting). Seasonal footbridges are available only during the summer. Waterproof shoes and/or boots are recommended the rest of the year. Dogs & bikes are not permitted in Fern Canyon.
  6. Roosevelt elk seen in the park are wild animals and can be unpredictable. Keep a safe distance and never approach them.

Nearby Campgrounds

Prairie Creek Redwoods State Park


Grizzly Creek Redwoods State Park


Del Norte County


Elk Prairie Campground

Elk Prairie Campground is at the heart of Prairie Creek Redwoods State Park north of Eureka. Visitors to the park enjoy watching and photographing Roosevelt elk, walking along trails though old-growth redwoods, strolling along miles of scenic beach, and viewing wildflowers in bloom in late spring.

Elk Prairie Campground has 75 campsites. Twenty-one of the sites are designated for tents only. One site is labeled for RV or trailer only. The other 44 campsites can accommodate RVs, trailers, and tents. There is also a Hike & Bike site.

Elk Prairie Campground Basics
Elk Prairie Campground Location: On Newton B. Drury Scenic Parkway, 1 mile from Highway 101, 5 miles north of Orick
Elevation: 110 feet
Camping season: year-round
Number of Sites: 75
Max. People per Site: 8 (including children)
Vehicles per Site: 1 vehicle and 1 legally towed vehicle or trailer (fee for additional vehicle)
Pets: On leash, always attended
Park Headquarters: (707) 488-2039

Reservations for Elk Prairie Campground
Reservations "strongly recommended": January through September
October through December first come, first served
Booking Window: Reservations can be made from 2 days up to 6 months in advance of arrival date.
Maximum Vehicle Length: Trailers - 24 feet, RVs - 27 feet
Wheelchair accessible sites: #6, 22, 23, 69
Fees: $35 per night
Hike & Bike - $5
Online Reservations at ReserveCalifornia: Elk Prairie Campground Reservations
or call (800) 444-PARK (7275) between 8 AM and 6 PM
Check-in, check-out: 2:00 PM, Noon

Elk Prairie Campground Amenities
Campsites: Picnic table, fire grill, food storage locker; no hook-ups
Campground: Restrooms with flush toilets, tap water, amphitheater
Showers: Yes, 25 cents for 2 minutes
Dump Station: No
Campground Map: Elk Prairie Campground Map
Attractions near Elk Prairie Campground: Hike the Davison Trail and the Elk Prairie Trail. Tour the Visitor Center and stop in to the Nature Store. Stroll along the Revelation Trail. View wild Roosevelt elk. Drive out to Gold Bluff Beach follow the trail up beautiful Fern Canyon.

Roosevelt elk, Prairie Creek Redwoods State Park, CA

Roosevelt Elk


ReserveCalifornia Reservations Tips

California State Parks' new reservation system - ReserveCalifornia - now allows campers "to make reservations 6 months to the day in advance of their arrival date." For example, on January 1 reservations can be made for stays beginning on July 1. In the past, reservations were released in one-month blocks. Now it is day by day. For months with fewer days than the month 6 months away, reservations for the remaining days will be released in a small cluster on the first of the next month. For example, on March 1 (because February is a short month) you can make reservations for stays beginning August 29-31. Read details at ReserveCalifornia.

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