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November 12, 2017

The BEST of Winter Wildlife in Santa Cruz County

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Santa Cruz is known for its phenomenal wildlife viewing opportunities. Year round whale watching, birding, otters and elephant seals, and seasonal monarch butterflies have put Santa Cruz County on the map for many nature enthusiasts! But in December and January there seems to be a crescendo of wildlife that make Santa Cruz a wintertime must-see!

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October 30, 2017

Monarch Butterflies in Santa Cruz: A "City in the Trees"

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This monarch season is proving to be yet another beauty! Be sure to plan a visit to the Monarch Grove at Natural Bridges State Beach anytime from now, until the end of the year (and possibly as late as mid-February.) Explore on your own or take a weekend tour with docents who will share loads of information about these amazing migrating creatures.

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September 17, 2017

Top Hikes in Santa Cruz County

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Santa Cruz County’s rugged coastline, majestic redwoods, and expansive mountaintop vistas make it a premier destination for your next hiking adventure! Join us as we go through our picks for the Top Hikes in Santa Cruz County!

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August 07, 2017

Summer Wildlife Happening NOW!

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Santa Cruz County has year round wildlife watching - whales, sea lions, dolphins, tidepools, hundreds of species of birds - there's really not a bad time of year for seeing some creatures! But here's a quick roundup of photos - all taken within the last week - that will give you a realtime look at the Santa Cruz summer wildlife scene.

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July 27, 2017

Top 5 Waterfront Walks

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It’s a gorgeous day, and you want to enjoy the outdoors, but the Bloody Mary you had at brunch has you shying away from an uphill trek to the local mountaintop. We feel you. Thankfully, there are plenty of scenic—and flat—promenades where you can gather the friends, pups, and kids, and bask in the dazzling, local scenery without breaking a sweat.

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