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Big Basin Redwoods State Park Partially Reopens This Week

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Big Basin Redwoods State Park (California) is partially reopening on July 22, almost two years after the CZU Fire, which caused extensive damage to the park. 

As per a report, the park will require reservations for limited day-use access. It will be open from 8 a.m. until sunset. The entrance fee is $8, which includes the $2 reservation fee.

The majority of the park remains closed to the public because of fire-related safety concerns, but some areas like the Redwood Loop Trail, Dool Trail, and other small sections of the park will be available for visitors. An interim visitor center will be open as the CZU fire destroyed all the park’s facilities.

In August 2020, the CZU Lightning Complex Fire burned more than 97% of the park, burning 18,000 acres and destroying most structures.

“The changes to Big Basin are profound, but the forest is starting to recover, and it’s amazing to witness,” said California State Parks Santa Cruz District Superintendent Chris Spohrer in a statement.

“We’re excited to be able to welcome visitors back on a limited basis as we near the two-year anniversary of the fire.”

Acquired in 1902, Big Basin Redwoods State Park is California’s oldest state park. The park has 18 miles of hiking trails and offers guided walks for environmental learning. Mountain bikes are allowed on some roads.

“Managing parks for a healthy future for environmental systems as well as humanity could not be more important at this moment in history,” said California State Parks Director Armando Quintero in a statement.

“We welcome all Californians and visitors from around the world as we enter the next era for this iconic and much-beloved state park.”

For more information, visit Big Basin Redwoods State Park.

This story originally appeared on KTVU

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