Bidwell Park


Hiking in Bidwell Park is a perfect way to spend a day. All trails in Bidwell Park are open to pedestrians. The pedestrian-only Yahi Trail in Upper Park is a recommended visit. Yahi Trail offers the hiker miles of scenic views along Big Chico Creek. Be sure to wear comfortable shoes and to bring plenty of drinking water.

Horseback Riding

Horseback riding is yet another common past time in the Park. Because Park trails are mostly multi-use, there are abundant riding opportunities for equestrians. Basic equestrian rules are:

  • no horses on Middle and Upper Park trails when closed due to wet conditions
  • no riding on Yahi Trail (a pedestrian-only trail)
  • keep horses 100 feet away from established picnic areas
  • cross the creek only at established and signed horse crossings

Click here for information on horseback riding.

Mountain Biking

Mountain biking is one of the most common activities that take place in Bidwell Park. There are miles upon miles of trails to ride on. Some of the basic bike rules are:

  • no riding on Yahi Trail (a pedestrian-only trail)
  • no bikes on Middle and Upper Park trails when closed due to wet conditions
  • helmets must be worn by people of all ages when riding off of pavement in Middle and Upper Park

To further ensure that you have a safe and enjoyable time, bring plenty of drinking water and a tire patch kit.


Flying in the park offers beautiful views and great soaring opportunities.  Launching is allowed from designated locations along the North Rim and the flying is best with a south wind (5 - 15 mph), typically from March through October. Check out the Bidwell Park Fliers' website for more information on qualifications, rules, permits, and guidelines for flying in the Park. For more information contact Jon Stallman, who is the site administrator.  Contact Jon (cell phone: 530.864.5110 or home phone: 530.809.1081) to arrange a site intro prior to flying. Click here for Paragliding Rules and Guidelines for Bidwell Park flight