Redwood National & State Parks Locator Map

Fast Facts

Total Area
131,983 acres
Annual Visitation
352,517 in 2012 (view all years)
Creation Date
October 2, 1968
Entrance Fee
None to national park, various to state parks
Time Zone
Pacific
Lowest Elevation
0 feet at the Pacific Ocean
Highest Elevation
3,170 feet on Coyote Peak
Lowest Average Temp
39F in December
Record Low Temp
19F in 1990
Highest Average Temp
66F in August
Record High Temp
93F in 1964
Our Last Visit
June 2009

Park Contact Information

Redwood National Park
1111 2nd Street, Crescent City, CA 95531
Info at (707) 464-6101
Fax to (707) 464-1812

Park Creation Timeline

1923
California creates Prairie Creek Redwoods State Park.
1925
California creates Del Norte Coast Redwoods State Park.
1929
California creates Jedidiah Smith Redwoods State Park.
1968
On October 2, 1968, President Lyndon Johnson signs the bill creating Redwood National Park.
1980
The park is named a World Heritage Site by UNESCO (United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization).
1983
The parks become a part of the much larger California Coast Ranges International Biosphere Reserve created by UNESCO.
1994
The National Park Service and the California State Park System agree to administer the parks jointly, creating the unique mix of state and federal lands that make up Redwood National & State Parks.

Animals and Plants

More than 40 species of mammals have been observed, including the Roosevelt elk, black bears, mountain lions, bobcats, beavers, river otters, black-tailed deer, and coyotes. In the coastal areas, California sea lions, Steller sea lions and harbor seals are found, along with dolphins and gray whales sometimes seen offshore.
A few species of reptiles are found in the area, and include pacific tree and red-legged frogs, a few snakes, along with pacific giant salamanders and the rough-skinned newt.
Over 400 species of birds have been seen in the area, including brown pelicans, double-crested cormorants, sandpipers, gulls, osprey, red-shouldered hawks, great blue heron, and Steller's jays, along with the occasional bald eagle.
The trees are the main draw of the park, namely the coast redwood. However, sitka spruce are the shields of the big trees, lining the coast and blocking the salt spray. Douglas fir blend with the coast redwoods just inland. The redwoods depend on the coastal fogs for moisture in the dry season, so they are limited to a narrow band of land. Further inland tanoak, madrone, California bay, chinquapin, canyon live oak, and Jeffrey pine take their place.


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