Santa Cruz Backpacking Tours: Roughing It With an Expert Guide by Your Side

Santa Cruz Backpacking Tours 2017

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Are you ready for the quintessential Santa Cruz Mountains experience?

Better yet, want an expert tour guide by your side?

Naturalist-led Santa Cruz backpacking tours are being offered again this year by California State Parks, from April through September. These 1-3 night trips offer the classic Santa Cruz backpacking experience, with the added bonus of being led by a knowledgeable State Park professional.

There are six backpacking trips to choose from, some of which take you through lesser known portions of our state parks.

Last year’s tours sold out, and we expect this year’s to sell out quickly as well. The video below gives a great overview of the tours:

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This Weekend in Santa Cruz: January 27th – 29th, 2017

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We’re excited for a sunny weekend filled with a great Santa Cruz-y variety of events.

Lovers of books, beer, Bowie, beach cleaning, basketball and brides-to-be…there’s something for you. You also have a chance to enjoy a family concert, free museum day, and popup Thai food.

See our picks for the top events each day this weekend:

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This Weekend in Santa Cruz: January 20th – 22nd, 2017

This We-2What does this weekend bring besides rain? Plenty of mostly indoor options and one very large outdoor event on Saturday—Women’s March Santa Cruz County.

Be safe, stay dry, and have a wonderful weekend.

See our picks for the top events each day this weekend:
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This Weekend in Santa Cruz: January 13th – 15th, 2017


You won’t have to go far to forage for mushrooms after the recent rains. The 3-day Fungus Fair returns this weekend to Louden Nelson bringing fungus fun for the whole family.

Local youth perform at the Rio, the Warriors play two home games, and a local literary re-inauguration takes place.

Throw in some comedy, dancing, and beer making 101 and you’ve got the makings for a great weekend. Enjoy!

See our picks for the top events each day this weekend:

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This Weekend in Santa Cruz: January 6th – 8th, 2017


This weekend has a little bit of everything, including rain.

But don’t let that stop you from getting out. Rain or shine events include First Friday festivities, farmers’ markets, and even a beach cleanup.

One of our favorite local bands spends two nights at Don Quixote’s this weekend, and the Warriors are playing their first game of the year.

See our picks for the top events each day this weekend:

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This Weekend in Santa Cruz: The Happy New Year Edition

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And, that’s a wrap. This weekend we say goodbye to 2016 and usher in 2017.

As expected, the big events around town this weekend are the New Year’s Eve parties. We’ve gathered all the NYE parties and events to help you ring in the new year.

New Year’s Day is bursting with opportunities to get outdoors and start the new year off with some fresh Santa Cruz air.

See the full roundup of events below:

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Santa Cruz New Year’s Eve Events – Welcome 2017!

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How do you want to ring in the New Year?

You can keep it casual or dress to the nines, party on the beach or head to a club. Whatever your New Year’s objective, there’s probably an event that’s just right for you.

We’ve broken out this year’s Santa Cruz New Year’s Eve events into categories to help you find just what you’re looking for:

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7 Family Friendly Things to do in Santa Cruz During Christmas Weekend

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Happy Holidays!

Our roundup of events is lighter than usual this weekend, as the big event will be time with family.

If you’re entertaining out of town guests, see our top 7 picks for things to do this weekend, plus a day-by-day guide of music, nature walks, and more:

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This Weekend in Santa Cruz: December 16th – 18th, 2016


Holiday events continue this weekend with performances of The Nutcracker, Winterpalooza, Holidays on the Ranch, and a few more local artisan shopping events.

Even the Warriors are spreading the holiday cheer with a festive ugly sweater t-shirt giveaway (yeah, you read that right).

There are plenty of non-holiday events to choose from too, including a food truck event and a rockin’ anniversary celebration.

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This Weekend in Santa Cruz: December 9th – 11th, 2016


It’s very clear that we’re in the midst of the holiday season this weekend with toy drives, a chance to eat waffles with Santa, ocean-inspired holiday craft fairs and more festive surprises! There’s even a bar crawl/scavenger hunt for adults led by Santa himself!

And if you’re not quite ready to get into the holiday spirit just yet, watch the Santa Cruz Warriors play the Austin Spurs on Friday, try a cedar wood inspired beer from a local brewery, or check out a free screening of the newest full length video from the people that brought you the “screaming hand,” legendary Santa Cruz Skateboards.

See our picks for the top events each day this weekend:

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