Travel Blog

March 6, 2019

Searching for Slugs in the Santa Cruz Mountains

You haven’t fully experienced Santa Cruz County until you’ve hiked through a redwood forest still dripping from a hard rain. The canyons are filled with the sound of rushing water. Wrens flit between the lichen-draped brush of the understory, and the silvery warble of a Swainson’s thrush filters down from the latticework of branches spiraling

December 17, 2018

Guided Backpacking Adventures with California State Parks

For the second 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 five excursions throughout June to September with trips varying in length from one to three nights. These adventures will trek through Big Basin Redwoods State Park, Castle Rock State Park, Butano State Park, and Portola Redwoods State Park.

December 3, 2018

HIKE INTO THE NEW YEAR WITH STATE PARKS

Kick-start the new year with an energizing First Day Hike through ancient towering redwoods, sandy coastal stretches, and along soothing mountain streams. On January 1st, state parks across the country are offering free-guided hikes for the eighth year in a row. Get outside, connect with nature, and expand your knowledge of the wildlife, plant life,

November 28, 2018

PUT YOUR BEST FOOT FORWARD: SANTA CRUZ COUNTY’S TOP 5 HIKES

Santa Cruz County is home to rugged coastline, majestic redwoods, and trails to secret beaches making it the premier destination for your next hiking adventure! Join us as we go through our Top 5 Picks for hiking! MOST ICONIC HIKE What: Berry Creek Falls at Big Basin State ParkBig Basin is California’s oldest State Park and is