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Best Spots to Camp This Summer

06 | 28 | 2019

It’s officially summertime in the Santa Cruz Mountains! The summer sun is drying everyone out after a rainy spring, the flowers are in full bloom, and those shady hiking trails have never looked so inviting. With the UCSC students out of town and the locals reclaiming the area, many people are looking…

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…

Land of Medicine Buddha and the Eight Verses Trail

06 | 02 | 2019

The Eight Verses Trail is a short meditative loop designed to help hikers calm their minds and contemplate Buddhist teachings. Walking under the canopy of redwoods, you’ll find the Eight Verses written in beautiful script on signs posted every 15 or 20 minutes along the trail.

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…

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. The drizzly day began with tour guide Matty welcoming us into the comfortable van.

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.

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.

That’s My Park: Friends of Santa Cruz State Parks

01 | 13 | 2019

Friends of Santa Cruz State Parks is a local non-profit that supports 32 California State Parks from Watsonville to Half Moon Bay. Founded in 1976 as the Monterey Bay Natural History Museum, the organization has evolved…

Tripping out at the Mystery Spot

11 | 02 | 2018

Perception is reality, but at the Mystery Spot, everything seems unreal. One minute the person next to you is shorter, and the next they’ve grown taller––balls roll uphill, and chairs stand on walls.