Camp at Rancho del Oso and Visit the New Welcome Center

The entrance to the campground at Rancho del Oso. Credit: Friends of Santa Cruz State Parks

Big Basin’s Rancho del Oso is a hidden gem for fall and winter camping, hiking, and exploring one of Santa Cruz County’s beautiful North Coast beaches.

Camping in The Great Park

Want to sleep under a redwood? The Great Park has almost 500 campsites designed for that very purpose.

Sleep beneath towering redwoods in the Santa Cruz Mountains.

State Parks Winter Closures

Seasonal bridges come down for the winter in Nisene Marks, but Aptos Creek is often passble anyway. Hilltromper photo.

The times are a-changin’ as autumn descends upon us. Keep on top of seasonal changes to your favorite state parks!

Surviving Yosemite

Everyone stay cool! We took regular breaks at swimming holes on the Merced River.

Two adults, four kids, one VW camper and a very crowded national park.

Kids of Summer

Summer camp reconnects kids with nature. Photo courtesy Museum of Natural History.

Summer camp rocks. Here are some that your young'uns will love.

The One-Page Backpacker's Guide

You don't need a $400 two-pound tent like Carl's to be warm and comfy in the backcountry. Carl Uebelhart photo.

Our backpacking oracle spills the beans on what you really need to tromp the backcountry.

New Brighton SB

A premium campsite at New Brighton State Beach. Photo by Hilltromper.

Million-dollar views from a campground overlooking the bay.

Big Basin State Park

Cali's first state park is still one of the best.

Manresa Upland Campground

Manresa Upland campground has some spectacular sites. Photo by Garrett McAuliffe.

One of California's most scenic.

Seacliff State Beach

Seacliff State Beach's concrete ship, the Palo Alto. Photo by Garrett McAuliffe.

The beach with the concrete ship pier.