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March 22, 2016

2016 #SCWildflowers Photo Contest!

2015 submission by @sarahlovebot2015 submission by @sarahlovebot

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

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March 10, 2016

Wilder Ranch for Visitors Big & Small!

Photo by Instagram, @rcelectronPhoto by Instagram, @rcelectron
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!

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March 03, 2016

A Glimpse of Spring in Santa Cruz County

Photo by Instagram fan, @ajgandwattzPhoto by Instagram fan, @ajgandwattz
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.

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March 02, 2016

Felton Photo Tour

Garden of Eden3Garden of Eden (All Photos by Garrick Ramirez)
Though only eight miles from Santa Cruz’s sandy shores, the forested town of Felton feels worlds away. It’s a wonderland of giant trees, historic sites and even a lush Garden of Eden. Yet some of its most striking attractions are hidden from plain view. Take a peek at our photo tour below and see why the charming town draws a mix of hikers, history buffs and happy families.

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January 26, 2016

5 Beautiful Spots to Enjoy Birds in Santa Cruz County

Sandpippers - Photo courtesy of Lisa SheridanSandpippers - Photo courtesy of Lisa Sheridan
 
Marbled Murrelet and Peregrine Falcon may sound like foot-tapping bands at the weekly farmers market, but they’re actually the names of rare birds you may spot in Santa Cruz County. The region’s feathered friends extend beyond the gulls that cozy up to your bowl of clam chowder at the wharf. Situated along the Pacific Flyway -- a prominent migratory path that stretches from Alaska to Patagonia -- Santa Cruz plays host to hundreds of bird species. No experience necessary here. Just head to one of the spots listed below and see for yourself!

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