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 Tide Book at a Friends’ ParkStore 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.
2014 marks the 40th anniversary of the park. Visit the historic ranch to walk the coastal bluffs or explore miles of mountain bike trails. Friends funds the ongoing restoration effort at Wilder Ranch State Park.
Thanks to efforts of our supporters, the park has become a vibrant community cultural center and will remain open. Join us each September for the 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.
Shop at a ParkStoreCommemorate your visit with a souvenir from one of our ParkStores. Purchases help Friends of Santa Cruz State Parks support the Parks. Friends members receive 15% discount every day & invitations to special sales.
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This watercolor of the Wilder Ranch Victorian – painted in the 1970s by Marilyn Simandle shortly after the State Park was acquired – will be raffled off to commemorate the 40th anniversary of Wilder Ranch State Park and benefit the Paint the Victorian Fund. The painting was donate
d to Friends by a generous supporter from Washington state. Tickets are $10 each; only 500 will be sold until 12/13/14.