What's New

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.

SHOP

New bilingual interpretive panels have been installed at Seabright State Beach and the historic Castle Beach gate has been restored. Check them out next time you visit.

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.

DONATE

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.

CAMP

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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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Need some adventure inspiration for you and your four-legged friend? Check out what state parks and state beaches are dog-friendly. Visit the link in our bio.

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To all the new mountain bikers hitting the trails this year, welcome! 🚵

💡 Here's a tip for people new to the trails: Start slow and get familiar with the terrain. With so many ways to go, it can be easy to head out without planning.

For something easy, head out to the Forest of Nisene Marks State Park and ride Aptos Creek Fire Road.

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Sunsets are for everyone.

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The sun is sparkling in the redwoods 🌲 Enjoy it before the rain returns this weekend.

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Become a docent at Wilder Ranch State Park! Docent volunteer training begins on Saturday, March 30. Interested? Fill out this application: https://bit.ly/42v324c

Contact the park at or wilderranch@ports-ca.us to learn more.

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Calling all fungiphiles! 🍄🍄🍄 Check out the mushroom collection on the ParkStore Online and get something to show your love for fungi. ParkStore link in our bio!

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