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July 07, 2016

Trail Guide: Goat Rock at Castle Rock SP

Photo by Instagram, @madamericanoPhoto by Instagram, @madamericano
I love using Instagram as a way to get inspired for travels and adventures. A quick location search and I can see a slew of current (sometimes practically live) photos of spots I’m looking to explore. On my latest hunt for a good hike I searched Castle Rock State Park and kept seeing these amazing boulders and grand vistas that I knew I wanted to see for myself. Take a peek at these Castle Rock photos - and more specifically, Goat Rock Trail photos - and get inspired for your next adventure!

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May 04, 2016

More than a dozen ways to celebrate with mom in Santa Cruz County

Happy (2) Mother's Day fun in Santa Cruz County: Garden Tours at UCSC Arboretum, First Friday Santa Cruz, Annieglass Studio and Henry Cowell Redwoods State Park
We all know taking care of mom is important… and with Mother’s Day just around the corner (it is THIS Sunday, May 8) you hopefully have your plans nailed down. But if you don’t, no need to panic – we’ve compiled an amazing list of ways you can treat mom to the very best.

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April 30, 2016

2016 #SCWildflowers Photo Contest Winner!

Winning #SCWildflowers submission by Instagram fan, @cafin, at Davenport Beach Winning #SCWildflowers submission by Instagram fan, @cafin, at Davenport Beach
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!

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March 31, 2016

Big Basin is My Happy Place

Photo by Instagram, @alisonyocumPhoto by Instagram, @alisonyocum

"Some of these giants are more than 50 feet around and as tall as the Statue of Liberty. At 1,000 to 2,500 years old, some may predate the Roman Empire. The park also offers spectacular views of the Pacific Ocean, lush waterfalls, and a fascinating natural and cultural history." - California State Parks 

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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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