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Santa Cruz Mountains Campgrounds and RV Parks

Campgrounds and RV Parks located in the Santa Cruz Mountains

Campgrounds and RV Parks Located in the Santa Cruz Mountains   

If warm weather and a slower pace is your is your cup of tea, camping in the Santa Cruz Mountains around Ben Lomond, Boulder Creek, or Felton may be your best bet. You will have to give up the ocean views, but the sights and sounds of the coastal redwoods towering above your campsite can be downright euphoric. Too much? How about blissful or extremely enjoyable.

Big Basin Redwoods State Park is a good pick for family campgrounds, group campsites, and tent camping.

Happy Camping!

Here is Our Comprehensive List of Santa Cruz Mountain Campgrounds and RV Parks   

Big BasinBig Basin Redwoods State Park — Campgrounds

21600 Big Basin Way, Boulder Creek, CA   831-338-8860

The park has miles of trails that link Big Basin to Castle Rock State Park and the eastern reaches of the Santa Cruz range.  The trails are utilized by both hikers and equestrians.

Big Basin Tent Cabins — Open Year Round

21600 Big Basin Hwy, Boulder Creek  (800) 874-8368

Butano State Park — Campgrounds

1500 Cloverdale Rd., Pescadero, CA  (650) 879-2040

A 2,200-acre redwood park in the Santa Cruz Mountains, featuring excellent hiking through the redwood groves. Only three miles from the Pacific coast, the park’s trails offer views of the Pacific Ocean and the Año Nuevo islands.

Castle RockCastle Rock State Park — Backpacker campgrounds

15000 Skyline Blvd., Los Gatos, CA   (408) 867-2952

Along the crest of the Santa Cruz Mountains, Castle Rock State Park contains 3,600 acres of coast redwood, Douglas-fir, and madrone forest. Steep canyons are sprinkled with unusual rock formations that are popular with rock climbers, and hikers can enjoy the 32 miles of hiking and horseback riding trails.

Cotillion Gardens RV Park

300 Old Big Trees Road, Felton, CA  (831) 335-7669 the RV Park is located near Santa Cruz, California, nestled in the giant redwoods and San Lorenzo River. They offer a year round destination for those looking to explore the bay area and redwood forests.

Henry Cowell Redwoods State ParkHenry Cowell Redwoods State Park

101 North Big Trees Park Rd., Felton, CA   (831) 438-2396

The park features 15 miles of hiking and riding trails through a forest that looks much the same as it did 200 years ago. The park is the home of the Redwood grove, with a self-guided nature path, and Douglas fir, madrone, oak and the most unusual feature of the park, a stand of Ponderosa pine.

Portola Redwoods State ParkPortola Redwoods State Park


The park has a rugged, natural basin forested with coast redwoods, Douglas fir and live oak. Eighteen miles of trails crisscross the canyon and its two streams, Peters Creek and Pescadero Creek.

Redwood Resort RV Park and Campground

150 East Grove, Boulder Creek, CA  (831) 338-3413
The Redwood Resort of Boulder Creek California is a small privately owned RV park and campground nestled amongst the majestic redwood trees. The RV park is open year round and the campground is open May through September.

Santa Cruz Redwoods RV Resort

4980 Highway 9, Felton, CA  (831) 335-8312
Situated on the beautiful San Lorenzo River and backed by Henry Cowell State Park our clean, newly renovated RV Park and campground offer guests a year round, family oriented, place to relax or a base camp for your outdoor adventure.

Smithwoods RV Park

4770 Hwy 9, Felton, CA  (831) 335-432

Click here for more Campgrounds and RV parks located in the City of Santa CruzScotts Valley or Watsonville near Santa Cruz beaches or go back to the top of our list for the Santa Cruz Mountains.






What’s on Tap


Santa Cruz Festivals & Events:

Open Studios Art Tour – Weekends during Oct. 2016

Welcome Back Monarchs Day – Oct. 9, 2016  10am – 4pm.

Annual Monte Foundation Fireworks Extravaganza! – Oct. 9, 2016

Santa Cruz Pumpkin Patches—Oct. 2016

Santa Cruz Halloween Celebrations—Oct. 2016


For more event information, click on our Festivals & Events page for Santa Cruz.



Top Santa Cruz Attractions:


Santa Cruz Beach Boardwalk

Fun for all ages.

Santa Cruz Campgrounds

Ocean views or Redwoods? Over 27 campgrounds and RV Parks

Santa Cruz Fishing 

Fall is fishing and crabbing season in Santa Cruz!

Santa Cruz Surfing

With 11 world-class surf breaks such as Steamer Lane and Pleasure Point, it is easy to understand why the greatest surfers in the world call Santa Cruz home!

Whale Watching – Whale Watching December through May


For more information on local attractions, click on the Attractions or Recreational Activities.




The Region’s Fall Advisories:

Traffic Conditions. Rush hour traffic can be extremely challenging – especially along Mission Street and Highway 1 between Santa Cruz and Capitols. It’s a good idea to plan ahead and arrive early and leave late. Go to to learn about road conditions.

Yes, it’s still water, water, water! California is undergoing an extreme drought. If you are planning a lake vacation be sure to check about water levels. That rafting trip, fishing, or skiing can be impacted.

EXTREME fire danger. The drought has created a very dangerous combination of dry vegetation and no moisture in the air to help contain any fire. Please use extreme caution during your trip.