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

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

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Welcome Back Monarchs returns! Join us for a family-friendly celebration of our favorite butterfly at Natural Bridges State Beach.

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Registration for State Parks field trips is now open! Both in-person and virtual options are available at 11 local state parks and beaches

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Pause at New Brighton State Beach during your commute home to enjoy the last light of the day as you walk the beach with a friend. πŸ§‘β€πŸ€β€πŸ§‘πŸ–οΈ

Parking is $10 and supports the park.

#ThatsMyBeach #ThatsMyPark #Beach #Friend #Surf #Sand #Ocean #Sunset
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#TrailTuesday Looking for a new hike? Go on a pleasant walk through the graceful forest of @portolaredwoods_sp's Sequoia Nature Trail.

πŸ“ La Honda, CA
πŸ₯Ύ 1.6 miles
⏰ 45 minutes
🌲 The trail follows Pescadero Creek and is under the shade of redwood trees. From the rear of the Visitor Center and Park Office, take the Sequoia Nature Trail.

Don't forget to bring water and snacks!πŸ’§

Remember, this park is currently only open for day use. Parking is $10 and supports the park.

#ThatsMyPark #Redwoods #forest #Hike #Trees #StatePark #Walk
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This view @bigbasin_sp is tree-mendous! πŸ‘€πŸŒ²

⚠️ Reservations are required to park at Big Basin! Visitors without a reservation to park their vehicle will be turned away. ⚠️

#BackToBigBasin #ThatsMyPark #Trees #BigBasin #Forest #Hike #StatePark #Nature
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Here’s your Monday Morning Otter Shot. Mom and pup snoozing peacefully.
https://www.elkhornslough.com
#otter #otters #otterlove #marinemammals #wildlifephotography #wildlife #wildlifetour #wildlife_shots #naturevirals #NatGeo #nanapix #wildlifephotographer #seemonterey #experienceoverthings #coastalliving #traveladventures #VisitCalifornia #sustainabletourism #elkhornslough #elkhornsloughsafari #mosslanding #montereycalifornia #californiawildlife
#santacruznow #thatsmypark #santacruzcounty
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Update: The road work on the entrance road into @nisenemarks.sp has been postponed until October 3-5.

The road is open today ☺️!

Thank you for your patience while State Parks improves the road.

#ThatsMyPark #NiseneMarksStatePark #NiseneMarks #castateparks #statepark #outdoors #roadclosure #repavingroad
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We bet you can walk the walk, but can you chalk the chalk? πŸ§—

Go on a bouldering or rock climbing adventure at Castle Rock State Park. Great views and lots of places to climb β€” it's going to Castle Rock your world! 🌟

New to climbing? Classes are available through REI - link in bio!

Parking is $10 and supports the park.

πŸ“Έ | @glabaria

#ThatsMyPark #RockClimbing #Rocks #Nature #Climbing #Classes
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