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COVID-19 STATUS: KNOW BEFORE YOU GO

PARK FULLY OPEN

Face Masks or Coverings Required in Certain Areas Social Distancing Required
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COVID-19 STATUS: KNOW BEFORE YOU GO

PARK FULLY OPEN

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So what does "Park Fully Open" mean?

According to the U.S. National Park Service, Redwood National and State Parks is currently fully open. This means all operations are back to normal. This can mean there are still restrictions on social distancing, travel and/or masks. Visit the source link below for more detailed information regarding this park's status.

What we know:

The below source link has more information about the status of the park. The National Park Service requires everyone at this park, regardless of vaccination status, to continue to wear masks indoors and in crowded outdoor spaces, such as narrow/busy trails, overlooks, visitor center patios, & other congested areas.

Face Masks or Coverings Required in Certain Areas

Redwood National and State Parks is currently requiring masks or face coverings in certain or all areas. Depending on your vaccination status, if you are not fully vaccinated (meaning two weeks after your final vaccination), and according to CDC guidelines, which currently depends on the COVID-19 transmissibility rate in the community in and around the park. Most parks requiring masks indoors have put an alert out (found below in the Alerts section). Please refer to the U.S. National Park Service, the state of California and the local community for more detailed information.

Social Distancing Required

Redwood National and State Parks is currently requiring everyone to social distance, 6 feet or more, from others. This usually means outside of your immediate group. Some parks may also have size restrictions on gatherings to help assist in social distancing. Please refer to the U.S. National Park Service, the state of California and the local community for more detailed information.

Last Updated: August 24, 2021
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About Redwood National and State Parks

Redwood National and State Parks (the parks) in extreme northwestern California, consist of four units: Redwood National Park (under the jurisdiction of the National Park Service) and three state parks—Prairie Creek Redwoods, Del Norte Coast Redwoods, and Jedediah Smith Redwoods State Parks (under the jurisdiction of the California Department of Parks and Recreation). Together, these parks in Del Norte and Humboldt Counties encompass some 131,983 acres, 71,715 acres of which are federally owned and fall within Redwood National Park. This national park system unit stretches about 50 miles in length with 37 miles of coastline and varies in width from 0.5 mile to 8 miles. Park headquarters are in Crescent City, California, which is equidistant (350 miles) between San Francisco, California, and Portland, Oregon. Five information centers provide orientation, information, and trip-planning advice.

Early efforts of the Save the Redwoods League and other conservationists led to the creation of California state parks to protect the area’s remaining old-growth coast redwoods from extensive logging that threatened the existence of the oldest and largest trees. Prairie Creek Redwoods State Park, Del Norte Coast Redwoods State Park, and Jedediah Smith Redwoods State Park were developed in the 1920s and Redwood National Park was established in 1968 and expanded in 1978. Together, these parks preserve about 40,000 acres of old-growth redwood forests, which represent most of the last remaining old-growth coast redwood groves on Earth. In addition, the parks protect the world’s largest coast redwood forests and its tallest living trees. Important not only for their massive size, coast redwood trees anchor one of the most productive ecosystems on Earth. This environment is highly differentiated and provides habitat for numerous plants and animal species, from the forest canopy down to the forest floor.

The diverse ecosystems of northern California have supported human life for thousands of years. The Chilula, Hupa, Tolowa, and Yurok peoples have been intimately connected to the land within Redwood National and State Parks since time immemorial. Descendants of these original residents continue to live nearby and help guide the parks’ interpretation of the ancestors’ lifeways. European American settlers brought vast changes to established patterns of human influence on the landscape, bringing with them new forms of ranching, farming, industry, government, and commerce. Later mechanization and industry practices nearly decimated old-growth redwood forests, which spurred a lengthy environmental movement to save the redwoods. Redwood National Park’s museum collection chronicles all of these aspects of park history and culture. Park staff and partners work to preserve and interpret sites, buildings, and landscapes that reflect this evolving chronology of human influence on the land with places such as the Lyons Ranches Historic District, Bald Hills Archeological District, Me-weehl ‘O Le-gehl (Gann’s Prairie), Prairie Creek Fish Hatchery, and the World War II B-71 Radar Station.

The National Park Service and California Department of Parks and Recreation jointly manage Redwood National and State Parks under a cooperative management agreement first signed in 1994. This agreement was designed to streamline management of the parks by allowing staff, funds, and resources to be shared and used by both agencies. As part of the agreement, both agencies follow a single general management plan / general plan, completed in 2000. Approximately 1,400 acres of federal land and waters under the jurisdiction of the National Park Service within the parks are also within the boundary of the Yurok Reservation. The Yurok Tribe and the Department of the Interior are entering into an agreement that will direct the National Park Service and the Yurok Tribe to engage in a joint comprehensive management plan for the area within both the Yurok and national park boundaries.

Source: Foundation Document – Redwood National and State Parks

| Most people know Redwood as home to the tallest trees on Earth. The parks also protect vast prairies, oak woodlands, wild river-ways, and nearly 40-miles of rugged coastline. For thousands of years people have lived in this verdant landscape. Together, the National Park Service and California State Parks are managing and restoring these lands for the inspiration, enjoyment, and education of all. | Redwood National and State Parks | California | https://www.nps.gov/redw/index.htm

Fast Facts:

Date the Park was Established:October 2, 1968
Park Area (as of 2019):138,999.37 acres (562.5 km2)
Recreational Visitors (2018 Total):482,536 visitors

Park Weather

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.