Upper Bidwell Park


Is This Your Business?

Bidwell Park is huge (3500 areas) - Upper Bidwell Park refers to the unit of the park which is on the northeast side of Chico. This park is located in the foothills of the Sierra Nevada, is very picturesque and rugged, making it popilar with hikers and bikers. Several parts of the creek have traditionally been used by nudists, but the distinct gay-nude area is just upstream from parking area "M".(All parking areas are marked by small signs.) Along the way to lot "M", you'll see a sign for Salmon Hole. This swimming hole is frequented by college students and may be nude, clothed or mixed, depending on the crowd and the day. The gay area near "M" is more consistantly nude. Complaints about nudity are rare particularily as the complainer would to go a long way to find a ranger. Bring lots of drinking as there are not facilities and it can get very hot. Many guys prefer to cross over the creek and sun bathe on the other side, but be cautious as the current can be very strong. On Sundays and Mondays the park gate is closed to vehicles, so if you visit plan to add a couple extra miles to your hike.

From junction of SR-99 & 32 in Chico, drive north on #99 for 2.5 miles, then right on East Ave. for 2.75 miles. Watch for fire hall on left, just past turn left onto Wildwood Ave. proceed 1.7 to the park's gate. Drive 2 miles to parking area "M" on right. Walk down to creek, walk upstream (left facing creek)short way to nude area.
  • Hours:Warmer sunny days.
  • Nudity / Policy:Yes / Traditionally clothing optional.
  • Wheelchair Accessible:No
  • Warnings:If you cross the creek - be aware of the strong current and slippery rocks.
whos coming to Upper Bidwell Park
  • Tips: If you wear sandals it is best to wear the kind that secure around the ankle. Watershoes are great also since it is not advisable to cross certain parts of the river bare-footed. Bring something soft or padded to lay out on as the large boulders make ideal sunning spots often better than the low sandy beaches for direct sunlight.

    Commented on 9/14/2013 9:56:33 AM

  • This nudist area is the best place to cruise and just hang out in Chico during the day & evening in warm weather hands down. Unfortunately the road going to it in Upper Bidwell Park is only open to motor vehicles on Fridays & Saturdays and then only til 9pm from April to October (Sept-Mar is only 7pm). Worse, they have permanently blocked the road at parking area L. Fortunately parking area M is only about 5 minute walk from there. The positive side of the difficulty in getting there is that families, (older) women & children are pretty unlikely to ever be seen there and it is usually only active outdoorsy type guys there.

    Commented on 9/14/2013 9:41:27 AM

  • Looks like nobody checks or posts here unfortunately. Upper bidwell rules. I like to climb down to the shore down from parking lot M and lay out nude.

    Commented on 3/31/2008 5:46:15 AM

  • ? Is cruise dead in Chico?

    Commented on 11/19/2007 10:00:49 AM

  • I checked this place out yesterday, picturesque and scenic barely describe it..what a beautiful spot! Of course, like most chico cruise listings there was nobody there...but wow if this spot really was a regular nude spot, it'd sure be the ultimate. Nobody can see it from anywhere up top, and there's a nice little sandy area. The cougar tracks were a little unnerving for a non local

    Commented on 9/22/2007 3:54:10 AM