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Santa Cruz Guide

  • Walking tours (6)
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Natural Bridges State Beach Tidepools Exploration
Natural Bridges State Beach Tidepools Exploration

The intertidal rocks at Natural Bridges State Beach are covered in life: sea stars, seaweeds, urchins, and crabs are just some of the area’s intertidal inhabitants. Visit them in their tidepool homes...

Natural Bridges State Beach
Natural Bridges State Beach

In this oasis between the ocean and the edge of Santa Cruz lies one of the largest monarch butterfly overwintering sites in the western United States. The park also includes large coastal scrub...

Pacific to Redwoods Loop at Wilder Ranch State Park
Pacific to Redwoods Loop at Wilder Ranch State Park

Wilder Ranch State Park, just a few miles up Highway One from Santa Cruz, California, illustrates the region's remarkable biodiversity and throws in a few history lessons as well.

This 12-mile loop...

Rated 5 out of 5 by EveryTrail members
Old Cove Landing Trail at Wilder Ranch
Old Cove Landing Trail at Wilder Ranch

Sometimes all you need is an easy stroll by the ocean to refresh your spirits. This track along the Pacific Ocean north of Santa Cruz is one of the best places in California to do just that.

You'll...

Rated 5 out of 5 by EveryTrail members
Peters Creek Loop
Peters Creek Loop

Delayed gratification is the story of this hike at Portola Redwoods State Park in the Santa Cruz Mountains west of Silicon Valley.

The first six miles are nice enough -- lots of ups and downs in...

Rated 5 out of 5 by EveryTrail members
Bluffs, a Beach Cave, and the Historic Ranch
Bluffs, a Beach Cave, and the Historic Ranch

This particular walk will give you just a taste of what Wilder Ranch has to offer. The park has 34 miles of hiking, biking and equestrian trails winding through 4000 acres of coastal terraces,...

Perfect Day

1.5 of 5 stars 1 Vote
An (almost) perfect day in the South Bay (Matthias R, 22 Jan 2013)
0.0 of 5 stars 0 Votes
Nepal Down Hill Challenge (bikenepal, 17 Oct 2012)
0.0 of 5 stars 0 Votes

Perfect Weekend

4.0 of 5 stars 6 Votes
Gotta see it! (Jeannine57, 20 Jul 2007)
0.0 of 5 stars 0 Votes

Best Of

Things to do with kids of all ages (boomerz, 2 Dec 2007)
3.5 of 5 stars 3 Votes
3.0 of 5 stars 7 Votes
Interesting Santa Cruz Vacation Ideas (AustinComputerGeek, 15 Oct 2012)
0.0 of 5 stars 0 Votes

Recent Trip

California (Karen9870, 24 Sep 2009)
4.5 of 5 stars 10 Votes
Trip Report - 10 days LA to SF (keymom, 22 Aug 2009)
4.5 of 5 stars 1 Vote