What's New

We are proud to announce the restoration of the Castro Adobe is complete! Friends has created a video celebrating the restoration process. Thank you!


More parking added! Big Basin Redwoods State Park is now open for limited day-use access. Reservations are required. Visitors also can arrive by bike.


Shop State Parks! Visit the ParkStore at Natural Bridges, Wilder Ranch, Seacliff, Santa Cruz Mission, New Brighton or online for thoughtful gifts and souvenirs.


Help tell the story of Castle Beach through the placement of beautiful and informative signs, as well as replacing the unique castle-shaped gate at the park’s entrance


Plan Your Visit

Our Mission, Our Passion

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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Go on a photo scavenger hunt at @bigbasin_sp! Walk down through the Dool Trail to capture some amazing photos of:

🧡 Heart shaped redwood stump.
🌲 New growth from the recovering redwood forest.
⬆️ The tallest redwood tree you can find!
🏞️ Your favorite view.

Here's to an exciting outdoor adventure! 📸

Reservations guarantee entry! Reservation link in our bio.

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📣🦋 🛍️ It's all here: Amazing Monarchs, Online Holiday Sale, Tribute Tables, King Tides, and Elephant Seal Tours! Read more in our latest newsletter — Link in bio!

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The ParkStore Online Holiday Sale is happening now!

Get 20% off select iconic Michael Schwab park illustrations on apparel and more, plus jewelry made by local artists, maps, nature guides, local history books, educational toys and other gifts that represent the natural and cultural history of our parks.

Find the perfect holiday gift for your loved one during this seasons biggest sale!

Shop the sale - link in our bio.

*Fine art prints and State Parks passes are not included in the sale.

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What happens to the Monarch Butterflies in the rain? 🌧️🦋

Here you can see the Monarch clusters in the Foreground barely moving while the trees behind them blow dramatically in the wind. Protection from the wind is one of the most important characteristics of a Monarch overwintering site. Monarchs prefer sites where the wind speed remains below 5 mph.

If the rain and wind get bad enough the clusters may break up and the Monarchs will be less visible. Generally cold rainy windy days are not good for butterfly viewing, however the park is much less crowded, allowing for a more peaceful experience.

Image Description: Monarch butterfly clusters in Eucalyptus sway gently in the wind while branches higher in the trees blow dramatically.

📍Uypi Land
#NaturalBridges #NaturalBridgesStateBeach #ThatsMyBeach #ThatsMyPark #CAStateParks #Fall #monarch #MonarchButterfly #SaveTheMonarchs #MonarchMigration #ButterfliesOfInstagram #SantaCruz #ThingsToDoWithKids #FunForKids #WesternMonarchCount #rainydays

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