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

santa cruz backpacking tours 2019

Photo by @genghis_johnn

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 June through August. These 2-3 night trips offer the classic Santa Cruz backpacking experience, with the added bonus of being led by a knowledgeable State Park professional.

There are three 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: December 21st – 23rd, 2018

King Tide bikes at Pleasure Point

Our roundup of events is lighter than usual this weekend, with traditional holiday events taking center stage.

Also sharing the spotlight is Mother Nature and the California King Tides. No, that’s not a band name (that we know of). Extreme high and low tides are coming this Saturday and Sunday—with the extreme lows providing perfect tidepooling conditions.

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

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This Weekend in Santa Cruz: Nov. 30th – Dec. 2nd, 2018

Some of our favorite local holiday traditions take place this weekend, rain or shine.

Saturday’s a biggie—we’ll be in our usual spot for the Downtown Holiday Parade and bundle up later for the Lighted Boat Parade, plus we’ll squeeze in some local holiday shopping in between.

Be sure to check out our Holiday Guides to plan a festive itinerary for the rest of the month.

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

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