Virtual Guidebook to the Redwood National and State Parks
Gold Bluffs Beach
Prairie Creek Redwoods State Park California


Wild and dramatic, Gold Bluffs Beach stretches most of the length of Prairie Creek State Park. It has its own herd of Roosevelt elk, often easily spotted from the gravel road that comes up the beach from the south. Gold really was mined from the beach sand here, briefly, in the nineteenth century.

Today the reasons to come are for the beach itself, and for Fern Canyon. This is a slot canyon in the coastal bluffs with 60 foot high walls draped in maidenhair and five finger ferns. In summer plank bridges allow you to walk its quarter mile length, but in the off-season you will have to wade.



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A herd of Roosevelt elk, cows and calves, on Gold Bluffs Beach

(November 30, -0001)


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The lower end of Fern Canyon

(November 30, -0001)


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Near the middle of Fern Canyon

(June 21, 2004)


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Two bull elk near the mouth of Fern Canyon

(June 21, 2004)


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Gold Bluffs Beach south of Fern Canyon

(June 21, 2004)


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