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Mount Madonna County Park

Adventure | Watsonville

Adventure Out

Adventure | Santa Cruz Mountains

Mount Hermon Adventures

Adventure | Felton

David C. Daniels Nature Center

Adventure | La Honda

Windy Hill Open Space Preserve

Adventure | Woodside

Loch Lomond Recreation Area

Adventure | Felton

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Quail Hollow: Santa Cruz Mountains Shangri-La

06 | 12 | 2019

Located between Ben Lomond and Zayante, Quail Hollow Ranch County Park sits in a small, amphitheater-shaped valley ringed by sandy, teardrop-shaped ridges. At roughly 300 acres, it is home to a startlingly diverse array of plant communities, including revitalized grasslands, rare Santa Cruz Sandhills...

The Santa Cruz Sandhills: Windows into the Miocene

05 | 23 | 2019

In between Bonny Doon and Scotts Valley, small windows into the Miocene Epoch pock the Santa Cruz Mountains. At first glance, they might be easy to dismiss -- barren stretches of sand occupied by hardy, arid chaparral scrub or pine. Yet look a little closer, perhaps as you hike...

World and Wilderness Youth Leadership Development

02 | 22 | 2019

Looking for the right blend of nature engagement, educational mentorship, and most importantly, fun for your youth? Then it may be time for them to enter the WYLD; World & Wilderness Youth Leadership Development.

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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.

Henry Cowell Redwoods State Park

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...

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.

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Adventure Out

Adventure | Santa Cruz Mountains

Big Basin Redwoods State Park

Adventure | Boulder Creek

Butano State Park

Adventure | Pescadero

Byrne-Milliron Forest

Adventure | Corralitos

Castle Rock State Park

Adventure | Santa Cruz Mountains

David C. Daniels Nature Center

Adventure | La Honda

Henry Cowell Redwoods State Park

Adventure | Felton

Loch Lomond Recreation Area

Adventure | Felton

Mount Hermon Adventures

Adventure | Felton

Mount Madonna County Park

Adventure | Watsonville

Mount Umunhum

Adventure | Los Gatos

Mystery Spot

Adventure | Santa Cruz