“Mountains are the beginning and the end of all natural scenery.”
Food truck ATE3ONE, live music by LINDSEY WALL, BOBCAT, & AJ LEE + JESSE FICHMAN, over 40 local artists and crafters & BEER on tap by NEW BOHEMIAN BREWING CO! Benefits Mountain Community Resources. FREE admission!
On the third Saturday of January, April, July and November, our participating wineries welcome passport aficionados into their 50+ tasting rooms throughout the Santa Cruz Mountains, each offering a unique…
The Santa Cruz Mountains Challenge is road bike event and FUNDRAISER hosted by cyclists for cyclists. Hosted by the Santa Cruz County Cycling Club, a 100% volunteer-run 501c(3) non profit.
Plan a Trek
Though it’s not the biggest park in the county, there are hiking, biking, and equestrian options beyond what’s described here. It’s strongly recommended that adventurers go by the Visitor Center and talk to the docents about hike ideas, trail closures, wildlife sightings, and whatever other...
A great staging ground for a number of adventures, from bouldering to rock climbing, day hiking to backpacking, and even birding. The crown jewel, Goat Rock, is a limestone formation that is typical of the park’s geology and the splendid vistas boast one of the absolute best views of the Santa Cruz Mountains.
Butano State Park doesn’t have the enormous ancient redwoods you’ll find at other Redwood State Parks, though it’s rumored that in some secret corner, far off-trail, there hides one of the tallest specimens in these mountains. Still, it more than makes up for lack of accessible old-growth groves with its biodiversity and panoramic views.
Articles to Inspire
If you like a tasty brew, you will enjoy exploring the craft beer taprooms in Santa Cruz County. There are some sixteen craft breweries and fifteen taprooms and counting in the county where you can enjoy flavorful, refreshing brews.
This one is the most accessible and truly a drive-up panoramic views in the mountains as it boasts the best view directly from the parking area, which is adjacent to Highway 9. While you can walk down the Skyline to the Sea Trail in either direction to find...