Redwood National Park re-opens to visitors today following the 16-day federal government lapse in appropriations. All park trails closed due to the shutdown have been re-opened. The Thomas H. Kuchel Visitor Center south of Orick and the Crescent City Information Center have returned to regular operating hours and are open daily from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. The state park campgrounds at Elk Prairie, Gold Bluffs Beach and Jedediah Smith remain open as they have throughout the national park closure.
With a warm and sunny weekend approaching, now is a perfect time to reacquaint yourself with the majesty and mystery of the old-growth redwood forests, with the 45 miles of stunning coastal views and beaches, and the splendor of the open prairies and landscapes of the Bald Hills. Bugling Roosevelt elk, migrating gray whales, and soaring osprey were never furloughed and welcome your return to the park.
Along with the staffs of the other 400 National Park sites around the country, we are excited to return to the important work of serving our communities, the American people, and visitors from around the world. We are committed to working together with our state, county, tribal and non-profit partners in protecting, interpreting, and maintaining Redwood National and State Parks for your enjoyment and for future generations.
For additional information, please contact the parks’ Public Information Officer Candace Tinkler at 707-465-7304.