Category Archives: Highway 1

2016 #SCWildflowers Photo Contest Winner!

Task: sift through loads of beautiful Santa Cruz County wildflower photos and choose one winner…It’s not easy, but someone’s gotta do it! And that we did. Congrats to Instagram fan, @cafin, for her winning shot taken in Davenport! We just loved the north county #SCWildflowers submission and are stoked to award her with the prize of a…

2016 #SCWildflowers Photo Contest!

WHAT: To celebrate spring, wildflowers and our beautiful Santa Cruz State Parks, we are running a photo contest on our Instagram, @VisitSantaCruz, so we can share the wildflower love! WHEN: Contest begins Tuesday, March 22, 2016 and ends Monday, April 25, 2016 WHERE: Any Santa Cruz County State Park & throughout Santa Cruz County HOW: Simply snap a picture of…

Wilder Ranch for Visitors Big & Small!

This week’s Fan Photos are dedicated to the beautiful Wilder Ranch State Park! The 7,000 gorgeous coastal acres are full of places to explore for all ages! Trails big, and trails small, be sure to add Wilder Ranch to your Santa Cruz must-see list!

A Glimpse of Spring in Santa Cruz County

From the coastal wildflowers up Highway 1 to the apple blossoms in Watsonville, Santa Cruz County is showing some colorful signs of spring. Take a peek at a few recent fan photos and see where you need to be to take in that spring look, Santa Cruz style.

Winter Beach Treasures!

Summer or winter, just about everyday is a beach day in Santa Cruz. Sure, winter beach days call for a few more layers and a little less sunscreen, but they often lead to some great finds! Wildlife is in full bloom during the winter months with gray whales offshore, elephants seals, lots of birding, and great…

Visit the Elephant Seals at Ano Nuevo!

Año Nuevo in the winter months is a must. Elephant seal bulls battle it out in the surf while females come ashore to birth their pups. It’s wildlife at its best and the setting couldn’t be better. Plus, from mid December through March 31st, knowledgeable docent naturalists give park goers a guided tour chock full…

Start the New Year with an Inspiring Hike

Say “Auld Lang Syne” to holiday indulgences and start the New Year fresh with an inspiring hike in a beautiful setting. On January 1st, state parks throughout the country will ring in 2016 with First Day Hikes, a fourth annual program that offers free, guided hikes to all. Below, we’ve assembled a guide to outings…

Winter Wildlife Watch: Elephant Seals

The secret’s out! Winter is the BEST time to visit Santa Cruz for some great wildlife watching! And one of our winter must-sees – the elephant seals at Año Nuevo State Park! Año Nuevo State Park is the site for one of the largest mainland breeding colonies in the world for the northern elephant seal,…

Coastal Farms

Just north of Santa Cruz, roughly 15 minutes from downtown, you’ll find a string of colorful coastal farms stands. During fall, sunny blue skies and lush green fields are complemented by stacks of yellow hay bales and rows of bright orange pumpkins. Trust us: your photos will bring your Instagram followers to their knees. Take…

Highway 1

There’s no debating it. Highway 1 is California’s most spectacularly scenic route. As it wends along the coast through northern Santa Cruz county, motorists (and cyclists!) are treated to some of the area’s most inspiring scenery: green fields of coastal farms, craggy sea stacks and the churning, blue Pacific. Here’s a virtual tour down the…

Category Archives: Highway 1

2016 #SCWildflowers Photo Contest Winner!

Task: sift through loads of beautiful Santa Cruz County wildflower photos and choose one winner…It’s not easy, but someone’s gotta do it! And that we did. Congrats to Instagram fan, @cafin, for her winning shot taken in Davenport! We just loved the north county #SCWildflowers submission and are stoked to award her with the prize of a…

2016 #SCWildflowers Photo Contest!

WHAT: To celebrate spring, wildflowers and our beautiful Santa Cruz State Parks, we are running a photo contest on our Instagram, @VisitSantaCruz, so we can share the wildflower love! WHEN: Contest begins Tuesday, March 22, 2016 and ends Monday, April 25, 2016 WHERE: Any Santa Cruz County State Park & throughout Santa Cruz County HOW: Simply snap a picture of…

Wilder Ranch for Visitors Big & Small!

This week’s Fan Photos are dedicated to the beautiful Wilder Ranch State Park! The 7,000 gorgeous coastal acres are full of places to explore for all ages! Trails big, and trails small, be sure to add Wilder Ranch to your Santa Cruz must-see list!

A Glimpse of Spring in Santa Cruz County

From the coastal wildflowers up Highway 1 to the apple blossoms in Watsonville, Santa Cruz County is showing some colorful signs of spring. Take a peek at a few recent fan photos and see where you need to be to take in that spring look, Santa Cruz style.

Winter Beach Treasures!

Summer or winter, just about everyday is a beach day in Santa Cruz. Sure, winter beach days call for a few more layers and a little less sunscreen, but they often lead to some great finds! Wildlife is in full bloom during the winter months with gray whales offshore, elephants seals, lots of birding, and great…

Visit the Elephant Seals at Ano Nuevo!

Año Nuevo in the winter months is a must. Elephant seal bulls battle it out in the surf while females come ashore to birth their pups. It’s wildlife at its best and the setting couldn’t be better. Plus, from mid December through March 31st, knowledgeable docent naturalists give park goers a guided tour chock full…

Start the New Year with an Inspiring Hike

Say “Auld Lang Syne” to holiday indulgences and start the New Year fresh with an inspiring hike in a beautiful setting. On January 1st, state parks throughout the country will ring in 2016 with First Day Hikes, a fourth annual program that offers free, guided hikes to all. Below, we’ve assembled a guide to outings…

Winter Wildlife Watch: Elephant Seals

The secret’s out! Winter is the BEST time to visit Santa Cruz for some great wildlife watching! And one of our winter must-sees – the elephant seals at Año Nuevo State Park! Año Nuevo State Park is the site for one of the largest mainland breeding colonies in the world for the northern elephant seal,…

Coastal Farms

Just north of Santa Cruz, roughly 15 minutes from downtown, you’ll find a string of colorful coastal farms stands. During fall, sunny blue skies and lush green fields are complemented by stacks of yellow hay bales and rows of bright orange pumpkins. Trust us: your photos will bring your Instagram followers to their knees. Take…

Highway 1

There’s no debating it. Highway 1 is California’s most spectacularly scenic route. As it wends along the coast through northern Santa Cruz county, motorists (and cyclists!) are treated to some of the area’s most inspiring scenery: green fields of coastal farms, craggy sea stacks and the churning, blue Pacific. Here’s a virtual tour down the…