Sempervirens Campground is one of four campgrounds in beautiful Big Basin Redwoods State Park, and offers 28 campsites. All campsites include a picnic table, fire pit/ring with grill, and a food locker.

Sempervirens Campground has some of the most popular campsites, all of which are nestled among the largest continuous stand of ancient coastal redwood trees left in existence, which are some of the oldest and largest trees on the planet. Big Basin Redwoods State Park covers more than 18,000 acres, and is loved by trail hikers since it offers more than 80 miles of trails for hiking and horse trail rides. Trail camps are available for backpackers at the nearby Jay Camp within Big Basin.

The park boasts a large amount of waterfalls and diverse landscapes, such as lush canyon bottoms to grassy chaparral hills, a wide variety of animals such as deer, raccoons, lots of bird life, and even bobcats occasionally.

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Sempervirens Campground Bottom Line

Sempervirens is an adequate campground, if it was not for the rest of Big Basin Redwoods State Park, Sempervirens would be a non-starter on the list of places to camp. The campsites lack privacy of any kind and are virtually on top of each other. Even with cars blocking the space between campsites it is possible to hear and see other campsites with ease.

The scenery and beauty at Big Basin make up for some of what is lacking at Sempervirens, but for the better camping experience I would go to Huckleberry Campground or locate some of the better walk-in campsites at Wastahi Campground. If you happen to be camping with children, be sure to check out the many activities that the Park Rangers organize at the Visitor Center and Campfire Center.

Sempervirens Campground Features

Campground Type: Organized
Number of Campsites: 28 Tent Campsites
Cost: $35 per night
Use Level: High
Dogs Allowed: Yes
Fire Rings: Yes
Drinking Water: Yes
Toilets: Yes
Showers: Yes – Coin Operated
Trash/Dumpsters: Yes
Hiking Access: Yes
Beach/Lake Access: No
RV/Trailer Length: RV: 27 Feet – Trailer: 24 Feet
RV/Trailer Amenities: Dump Station Located at Park Entrance
Cell Phone Service: None
Wifi: None
Operating Season: Year round.
Other: Firewood sold at camp store near visitors center

Getting There

Address: 21600 Big Basin Way, Boulder Creek, CA 95006
Geo Coordinates: 37.168276, -122.210801
Nearest City: Boulder Creek, California
Location: Bay Area – Santa Cruz, California
Paved Road Access: Yes
Proximity to Stores: Approximately 1 mile at park headquarters
Directions: The park is about 65 miles south of San Francisco and can be accessed via CA-9 from Saratoga or CA-35 (Skyline Drive) to CA-236. From Santa Cruz travel approximately 25 miles northwest via CA-9 and CA-236 to reach the Park Headquarters.

Camping Supply List


Phone: 650.948.9098 Facebook: Big Basin Redwoods State Park Facebook Page
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When To Go

Anytime. Holiday weekends at Sempervirens Campground (and Big Basin in general) can be extra busy with large group camps.

Winter: Cold, overcast and rainy. Big Basin receives the majority of its average 48 inches of rain. December through March average temperatures range from highs in the 50′s to lows in the 20′s.

Spring: Cool with showers and morning and evening fog. Average daytime highs in the 60′s, lows in the 30′s to 40′s.

Summer: Warm with cool nights. Morning fog in early Summer. Average highs 75 to 95, lows 40′s to 50′s.

Fall: Warm day to cold nights. Occasional early storms with rain. Average highs 75 to 60′s, lows 50′s to 30.

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Fun Facts

Acquired in 1902, Big Basin Redwoods State Park is the oldest State Park in California and holds the largest continuous stand of ancient coastal redwood trees left on the planet.

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Sempervirens Campground Pictures

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Image Credits: Justin Wilson


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