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January 29, 2017

Guided Backpacking Adventures with California State Parks!

Photo by @gabrielleclimbs at Castle Rock State Park

For the third summer in a row, California State Parks is offering Naturalist-Led Backpacking Adventures through the Santa Cruz Mountains! Whether you're new to backpacking or a seasoned nomad, there's an adventure waiting for you! This year there will be six backpacking trips offered from April through September 2017, ranging from one to three nights. Hike spectacular ridgelines and old growth redwood forests to sandy shores with our knowledgeable team of backcountry naturalists.

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January 11, 2017

Santa Cruz County's Stormy Views

Photo taken in Scotts Valley by @dwains.world

2017 is already making a name for itself in Santa Cruz County. The steady and heavy rains have made quite an impression on the landscape and Mother Nature is making her mark. Take a peek at a few of our favorite shots from this past week and please remember to stay safe! 

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January 06, 2017

Celebrate 30 Years of the Screaming Hand!

All Photos by Garrick Ramirez

If there was ever a time to celebrate a severed, screaming hand, this past Halloween-themed month of October seemed like the right one. The blue Screaming Hand, that indelible icon of skateboarding culture, celebrated its 30th birthday with creation of an eye-popping exhibition at the Santa Cruz Museum of History & Art (MAH). Created in 1985 by Santa Cruz graphics artist Jim Phillips, the howling appendage—which has been emblazoned on t-shirts, skateboards, and stickers all over the world—is honored with a fitting tribute to its influential legacy.

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December 30, 2016

Fan Choice: Best of the Best 2016

Photo by @philiplima

2016 is wrapping up and we’re taking a look back to see what our fans loved most on our Facebook and Instagram feeds. Sure, we figured beach photos were a hit (and they were), but we wanted to see what else our fans loved about Santa Cruz County. Take a look below for some of the Best of the Best of 2016 based on fan likes, comments, and shares. Enjoy this gorgeous gallery and rest assured that we will keep providing more of this wildly beautiful, adventurous, and inspiring Santa Cruz content for 2017!  

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December 21, 2016

Welcome the New Year in Santa Cruz County

Photo by Garrick Ramirez

We're less than two weeks away from welcoming the New Year. If you're looking to usher in 2017 with dining, dancing and maybe a balloon drop then you’re in the right spot. Our round-up has venues and occasions from A to Z that will have you celebrating in style. Make your reservations now, and have Santa Cruz be your locale for ringing in the New Year! Not into the party scene? No worries, there's always those daily spectacular sunset views.

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