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.
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!
If you want to start the New Year off on the right foot, then lace up your hiking boots and hit the trails at some of Santa Cruz County’s best state parks. On January 1st, state parks across the country are offering free guided hikes to encourage folks to get outdoors and learn about the local flora and fauna right in their own backyard (or perhaps someone else’s backyard if you’re still on vacation). We’ve rounded up a few of our favorites that are sure to send you into 2017 feeling healthy, happy, and ready for the next adventure.
Santa Cruz is known for its phenomenal wildlife viewing opportunities. Year round whale watching, birding and elephant seals, and seasonal monarch butterflies have put Santa Cruz County on the map for many nature enthusiasts! But in December and January there seems to be a crescendo of wildlife that make Santa Cruz a wintertime must-see! Wintering monarchs, migrating gray whales, breeding elephant seals and upwards of 400 species of birds make these months the perfect time to get out and enjoy nature. And a major bonus to your winter getaway — many hotels are partnering up for some great deals for your stay! So check out some of our wintertime wildlife must-sees, grab a FREE Wildlife Watch Kit, and start planning your trip to Santa Cruz!
Need some help with your holiday shopping list? Have a person or two that has you stumped? Then think outside of the big box and take a look at this Holiday Gift Guide with 20+ totally Santa Cruz ideas!