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August 11, 2016

Visit Elkhorn Slough

Photo courtesy of @hannahbauh Photo courtesy of @hannahbauh
Have you been to Elkhorn Slough? This peaceful reserve is full of beauty and wildlife, plus you can choose how to explore, via waterways or on-foot on the 5 miles of trails. Check out these inspiring photos taken at this natural wonder and plan your own visit to Elkhorn Slough!

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July 22, 2016

A Morning at Manresa State Beach...

July 2016 Moonset at Manresa State Beach. Photo by @dannyburgJuly 2016 Moonset at Manresa State Beach. Photo by @dannyburg

Gorgeous sunsets are pretty standard in Santa Cruz County. They're easy to catch, usually full of vibrant colors and pretty much always worth a look. Our sunrises are equally beautiful, but let's be honest, not all of us are willing to sacrifice that last hour or two of shut eye to see them! Well thanks to @dannyburg we've got a nice little glimpse into yesterday's moonset over Manresa State Beach. And Danny, your early morning surf session seemed well worth the sacrifice with this view!

Want to learn more about the gorgeous Manresa? Keep reading!

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June 30, 2016

SUP Santa Cruz!

Photo courtesy of @supshacksc #SquadGoals | Photo courtesy of @supshacksc
Have you tried stand up paddle boarding - better known as SUP? Let these photos inspire you to take to the Monterey Bay and enjoy a day exploring over the open water! 

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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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December 17, 2015

Start the New Year with an Inspiring Hike

All Photos by Garrick RamirezAll Photos by Garrick Ramirez
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 being offered in Santa Cruz County. Hikes vary in length and rigor but all are designed with families in mind. So add a warm jacket and some outdoor gear to your holiday list and hit the trails with us on New Years Day.

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