What's New

Experience Big Basin one year after the fire through 3D Virtual Tours of the Entrance Road, Park Headquarters and more.

REIMAGINE

Beach wheelchairs are available for use at eight state beaches in Santa Cruz County. Reserve one for free!

ACCESS

Portola Redwoods State Park turns off showers, closes campground due to drought.

NEWS

Fire restrictions are in effect due to heightened fire danger and limited available fire suppression resources.

NOTICE

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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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Just dreaming of Mondays in the mountains… Gotta love Henry Cowell! 🌲🛤🌲
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Here‘s your Monday Morning Otter Shot. Mom ferries her pup across the Slough in the fading evening light.
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One of our favorite ways to slow down: taking a walk on the wild side. #WilderRanch
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One of our favorite ways to slow down: taking a walk on the wild side. #WilderRanch
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🎴#WeekendVibes Pick up a card game to play at your favorite state park or beach — we recommend the Great Outdoors Playing Cards!

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The Naked Ladies (Amaryllis Belladonna) are making their annual appearance at Rancho del Oso right now and it’s stunning. 🌸🌺✨

The flowers are some of the first vegetation to come back on the hillsides burned during the CZU Lightning Complex Fires.

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