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David C. Daniels Nature Center

Adventure | La Honda

Sierra Azul Open Space Preserve

Adventure | Los Gatos

Castle Rock State Park

Adventure | Santa Cruz Mountains

Mount Madonna County Park

Adventure | Watsonville

Big Basin Redwoods State Park

Adventure | Boulder Creek

Byrne-Milliron Forest

Adventure | Corralitos

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Bouldering at Castle Rock State Park

08 | 01 | 2019

California is known for its granite, but Castle Rock is an all sandstone climbing destination. Most climbers visit Castle Rock from April to September, when there is the least likelihood of rain. The sandstone is grippier than it looks, and the wild features of this rock give it a unique pocketed appearance unlike any other formations in California.

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...

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Portola Redwoods State Park

Named for the explorer Gaspar de Portola, whose 18th-century overland expedition passed nearby, the rich ecology of the area once supported one of the largest Ohlone tribelets, the Quiroste. Now it’s a mainstay for savvy mountain visitors who’ve already gotten their fill of other, more popular parks in the area.

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...

Big Basin Redwoods State Park

In 1902, the early environmental movement saw one of its crowning moments come to glorious fruition with the formation of the California Redwood Park. The park, later renamed Big Basin Redwoods State Park, would prove to be the first unit in what would eventually evolve into the modern California State Parks system.

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Portola Redwoods State Park

Adventure | La Honda

Quail Hollow Ranch County Park

Adventure | Felton

Roaring Camp Railroads

Adventure | Felton

Russian Ridge Open Space Preserve

Adventure | Woodside

Sierra Azul Open Space Preserve

Adventure | Los Gatos

The Forest of Nisene Marks State Park

Adventure | Aptos

Wilder Ranch State Park

Adventure | Santa Cruz

Windy Hill Open Space Preserve

Adventure | Woodside