Take a Hike! 2020 First Day Hikes in Santa Cruz County

Santa Cruz First Day Hikes 2018The New Year is knocking and 2019 is ready to take a hike out the door. But 2019 isn’t the only thing that should take a hike…so should you.

If you want to start the new year off fresh with a sense of renewal, exploring California State Parks on New Year’s Day could give you the perfect opportunity to do just that.

On New Year’s Day, close to 50 state parks will host over 60 different hikes and outings, with a chance to see your parks like never before.

Though the guided hikes and events are free, there is a $10 day use fee for parking in most parks. However, if you pay the day use fee in one park, it’s good at any state park for the remainder of that day until closing time. Maybe this will be a chance to go on more than one hike or do some park exploring of your own.

Below are a few of the First Day Hikes being offered in Santa Cruz County.

For information on times, meeting places and details about all of the First Day Hikes, check out the California State Parks website and the full list of local hikes (scroll down to the “Santa Cruz County” section).

Happy New Year and happy hiking!

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Santa Cruz New Year’s Eve Events – Welcome 2020!

New Year's Eve Santa Cruz 2016

Get ready! 2020 is ready to make a grand entrance, which means it’s time to celebrate!

Whether you’re into a casual kind of evening or want to make it a formal affair, there are plenty of exciting choices for an evening filled with music, dancing or even bowling. Maybe you just want a quiet evening of food and drink out on the town. Whatever strikes your fancy this New Year’s Eve, we’ve got you covered.

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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This Weekend in Santa Cruz: December 6th – 8th, 2019

December is upon us with its dark cold rain. But there is no shortage of revelry and merriment this weekend. 

You can celebrate the culture and history of Santa Cruz at Fiestas Mexicanas, Wilder Ranch or Castro Adobe.

You can celebrate art at First Friday or one of the many tempting craft fairs happening all over the county.

You can celebrate by singing, dancing, running, or listening to poetry. We’ve got it all and winter is on!

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

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