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The Horse Camp at Rancho Del Oso Unit on the coast side of Big Basin is open for interim walk-in and bike-in, non-equestrian camping. Reservations required.

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Make your state parks adventures easier with a Golden Poppy Pass. Valid at all local state parks and beaches, this pass is available in the ParkStore Online.

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Big Basin Redwoods State Park announces new weekend shuttle service and METRO bus service as park nears 100,000th visitor since the CZU Fire.

EXPLORE

Flash flooding at Wilder Ranch State Park damaged portions of the park’s historic dairy ranch. Your help is needed to support the short-term response and long-term recovery efforts.

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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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How often do you go to a state park in a given year? If the answer is more than once a month, get yourself an annual park pass! The Golden Poppy Annual Pass secures your entry into all the Santa Cruz and coastal San Mateo state parks along with more than 100 other state parks and beaches across California.

Learn more about the pass and buy yours online by visiting the link in our bio.

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Here’s your Monday Morning Otter Shot. Mom gets some rest while pup is occupied with a kelp chew toy.

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Sssspring is here. 🐍 Make sure keep your eyes out for all the animals enjoying the sun alongside the rest of us.

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Part of the magic of Butano State Park is the ever-changing flora in bloom. Although spring is when the majority of plants showcase their brilliant colors, no matter what time of year it is, you are sure to find something blooming. One of the plants showcasing May is the Red Clintonia! This gorgeous native thrives around damp redwoods, growing in their shade and enjoying the many benefits of coastal fog. Its bright, glossy leaves and bell-shaped blooms add vibrant splashes of color to the understory, but beyond its aesthetic charm, Red Clintonia is an important part of its ecosystem as it provides nourishment to wildlife and contributes to the biodiversity of the redwood forest. Find it year after year in Butano State Park!

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Image Description: Red Clintonia in bloom at Butano State Park

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Inspired by Katsushika Hokusai's famous woodblock print "Under the Wave off Kanagawa," this bookmark brings a modern flavor to the ancient art. 🌊

This brass bookmark plated in silver is the perfect gift for fans of Japanese art and bookworms alike.

Available at the Seacliff ParkStore and the ParkStore Online. Link in our bio.

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Big thanks 🫶 to our friends at @santacruztrails for the recent trail work in Wilder Ranch State Park! Volunteers spent time repairing and brushing tread throughout the trail corridor, improving sightlines and the overall experience there.

The work doesn’t stop there! There are more opportunities to volunteer to work on the trails at Wilder this month. Learn more about volunteering for trail work by visiting the link in bio.

📷: Santa Cruz Mountains Trail Stewardship

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