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Big Trees Kicks Off Winter in the Park

Posted : November 30, 2012

Winter activities are taking over in Calaveras Big Trees State Park

Even before the snow sticks on the ground the park’s Warming Hut is open every Saturday and Sunday (plus holidays) from Noon to 4 p.m. The hut is located at the end of the large parking lot near the construction site for the new visitor’s center and the hiking trail for the North Grove. Warm up by the fire and enjoy free hot chocolate, cider, tea or coffee after enjoying the giant sequoias.  The hut is staffed by state park volunteers and the drinks are provided by Calaveras Big Trees Association (CBTA), the non-profit organization that  supports educational and interpretive actives throughout the year.

Guided hikes through the grove are available year round, but when the snow covers the ground they become guided snowshoe walks every Saturday at 1 p.m. The snowshoes are provided free on a first come-first served basis, and different sizes are available for adults and children. No reservations are allowed so visitors are encouraged to check in to the Warming Hut no later than 12:30 p.m. to make sure they can take part.

And coming up soon, on Friday, Dec. 28 is the park’s “Winter Wonderland” celebration and annual fundraiser.  Events include a scenic horse-drawn wagon ride in the park, crafts for kids, music and more. Hot drinks and cookies will be served. Tickets may be ordered online in advance ($12.50 adults/$8.50 children) or at the door for $15 and $10, if available.

For more information on any of the winter activities mentioned above call the CBTA office at 209-795-3840.

Admission to the state park requires an entrance fee of $8 per carload.

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  1. Hi we have started having our winter visitors at our cabin. We want to send them out to places in Calaveras County and one of my choices is Big Trees. They and their children want to visit the snow. Can you send me information and/or any discounts that I can pass on to my visitors?
    John and Mary Cathie Orr 209-754-0790