What's New

Registration is now open for California State Parks' Backpacking Adventures.

ADVENTURE

Be aware of local trail conditions before heading out — Nisene Marks backcountry is currently closed.

VISIT

Monarch butterfly tours happen on weekends at Natural Bridges State Beach!

LEARN

Elephant seal season is happening at Año Nuevo State Park. Make plans now!

EXPLORE

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Our local parks and beaches: thriving and available to all!

Friends of Santa Cruz State Parks (Friends) is a vital partner with California State Parks, creatively working to ensure our cherished local parks and beaches are thriving and available to all. Friends’ innovative and collaborative community partnership provides support and investment for education, equity and inclusion, conservation, facilities improvements, historic preservation and cultural events.

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