Tidepools at Natural Bridges are brimming with life!
Low tides reveal sea stars, crabs, sea anemones and other colorful ocean life in the marine protected reserve, an “underwater State Park”. Pick up a free Friends Tide Book at the Natural Bridges and Seacliff ParkStores for the best time to glimpse the treasures of the deep.
The Forest Awaits at Nisene Marks
Explore 10,000 acres of rugged semi-wilderness on foot or by bike, then cap the adventure with a picnic in one of the park’s many picnic areas. Join us on Facebook or sign up for our e-newsletter to stay up-to-date on park news, such as the road resurfacing project and the new “tree bridge”.
Celebrate the 40th anniversary of the park at the annual Heritage Harvest Festival in October, or just visit to explore the coastal bluffs and mountain bike trails. . Friends funds the ongoing restoration effort at Wilder Ranch.
Thanks to efforts of our supporters, the park has become a vibrant community cultural center and will remain open. Join us in September for the second annual Mole & Mariachi Festival and experience Your State Park Downtown.
Beach Days at Seacliff State Beach
Enjoy one of Santa Cruz’s favorite and most iconic beaches. Seacliff features an expansive beach, picnic areas, an interpretive center, a fishing pier and RV camping. Commemorate your visit with a souvenir from the ParkStore, located in the Visitor Center.
Pacific Migrations Center at New Brighton State Beach
Discover the hidden histories of unique local cultures — Portuguese, Chinese and other Pacific Rim societies — that migrated to this area. Also learn about today’s migrating bird, animal and aquatic species that return each season.
Celebrate fall in Santa Cruz-area
State Parks this October
Autumn, also known as Santa Cruz’s “secret summer” is here, and along with it comes two great events at local State Parks and Beaches: Welcome Back Monarchs Day at Natural Bridges State Beach and the Heritage Harvest Festival at Wilder Ranch State Park.
Welcome Back Monarchs Day will be 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. Sunday, Oct. 12 at Natural Bridges State Beach. Learn more about the event on the Natural Bridges State Beach webpage, and you can join the event here on Facebook.
This year’s Heritage Harvest Festival at Wilder Ranch State Park will mark the 40th anniversary of the acquisition the park. Learn more about the festival and the founding of the park on the Wilder Ranch webpage. You also can join the Heritage Harvest Festival 40th Anniversary event here on Facebook.
Saturday, October 11th
Henry Cowell Redwoods State Park
4:30PM to 8:30PM
Sunday, October 12th
Natural Bridges State Beach
11:00am to 4:00pm
Saturday, October 25th
Wilder Ranch State Park
11:00am to 4:00pm