MNN Galleries

History, adventure await at Big Basin Redwoods

Big Basin Douglas fir

Photo: MiguelVieira/Flickr

2 of 13

Altitude adjustment

Big Basin Redwoods State Park is near Santa Cruz, Calif., and sits adjacent to Año Nuevo State Park, which runs all the way to the coast, and Butano State Park, which also boasts a redwood forest as well as several other microclimates at higher elevations. Big Basin Redwoods State Park also changes as one travels up the hillsides, shifting from redwoods to more drought-tolerant tree species and chaparral.