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Henry Cowell Redwoods State Park

Adventure | Felton

Hakone Estate & Gardens

Culture | Saratoga

Buttercup Cakes & Farmhouse Frosting

Food+Drink | Santa Cruz

Inn at Pasatiempo

Lodging | Santa Cruz

Boulder Creek

Towns | Santa Cruz County

Big Basin Vineyards

Wineries | Boulder Creek

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Coast Redwoods

Sandhills and Sand Chaparral Communities

Oak Trees & Shrubs

Banana Slugs

Madrone & Manzanita

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Butano State Park

The park’s connection to California Indian and Ohlone history is rich as is its archaeological significance, as it lies directly along an ancient trading and seasonal migration route, mainly used by the tribelet that controlled the area, the Quiroste (KEER-osh-tee). Now it’s a green and pleasant park, great for day hikes of all sizes, car camping, and short backcountry overnight trips.

Hike to Berry Creek Falls

One can experience an excellent hike to the iconic Berry Creek Falls by hiking a 9-mile out-and-back trail from Big Basin HQ. Of course, the full splendor comes on the 11-mile loop, with three additional waterfalls, all of them along the spectacular Berry Creek Falls Trail.

Guide To Goat Rock

Billed as the gateway of the Santa Cruz Mountains, Castle Rock State Park earns that title in spectacular fashion. 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...

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The Santa Cruz Wine Experience

02 | 25 | 2019

When I’d mentioned to family and friends that I would be taking a wine tour with The Santa Cruz Experience on a weekend when Santa Cruz faced yet another heavy rain, everyone said the same thing, “That’s a perfect way to spend a rainy day!” Indeed.

World and Wilderness Youth Leadership Development

02 | 22 | 2019

World and Wilderness Youth Leadership Development is a growing program that offers guided adventures in some of California’s most natural places. WYLD offers programming for teen-aged youth as well, from monthly...

Mountain Parks Foundation & two State Parks

02 | 21 | 2019

Much of the foundation’s funding goes to support public interpretive programs put on by State Parks staff, such as hosting field trips for school kids, holding ranger-led campfires, and offering naturalist-guided family backpacking trips each summer.

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