Wildlife in Redwood National Park

Stout Grove, Jedediah Smith State Park, Steve Olson ©

Redwood National Park is one of the oldest, most sacred parks in the entire world. Home to the oldest trees on the planet, this California park is certainly something you can’t find anywhere else. Plus, its proximity to the ocean means you can enjoy both land and marine life on your journey.

Check out these magnificent trees and experience some of the best whale watching in the world at spots like Crescent Beach Overlook, Wilson Creek, High Bluff Overlook, Gold Bluffs Beach, and the Thomas H. Kuchel Visitor Center. While you’re watching the whales, be sure to peer into the tide pools that are home to entire communities of microorganisms, small fish, and marine plants.

On land, feast your eyes on the impressive elk, bears, deer, and mountain lions that proudly call the park their home. Don’t forget to look out for the smaller land mammals, like squirrels, shrews, beavers, and porcupines, too.

Redwood National Park’s Top Animals

  • Whales
  • Elk
  • Fish
  • Opossums
  • Squirrels
  • Shrews
  • Black-Tailed Deer
  • Otters
  • Skunks
  • Mountain Lions
  • Foxes
  • Coyotes
  • Porcupines
  • Beavers

Viewing Locations

Klamath River Overlook: Permanent residence for many gray whales
Prairie Creek Redwoods State Park: Elk
Bald Hills Road: Elk
Enderts Beach: Tide pools viewing

When Should You Go?

If you are on a mission to see the whales, peak migration months for viewing gray whales are from November to December and March to April. If you want to see the elk, the calves are born in May and June, which means if you’re lucky, you can catch an entire elk family.

Overall, the park provides more amicable visiting conditions from March through November. Due to the wet environment from the Pacific Ocean, the park has a more temperate climate than those of the parks located in states like Wyoming and Montana. There is nothing like the Redwood National Park anywhere in the world!