Exploring the Natural Wonders of Santa Cruz

Exploring the Natural Wonders of Santa Cruz

When you think of Santa Cruz, California, you may picture white sand beaches and catching the waves on your surfboard. This charming city, however, is also full of natural attractions that allow you to immerse yourself in the beauty and stillness of nature.

Top Nature Places in Santa Cruz to Visit

Santa Cruz is a goldmine when it comes to natural attractions and is home to many of the top nature places to visit in California, like:

Land of Medicine Buddha

If you are looking for a moment of calm or want to enjoy the beauty of nature without interruptions, the Land of Medicine Buddha offers a beautiful and quiet location. While the area is primarily a place for meditation, it features a serene hiking trail perfect for intermediate hikers. As you hike, you must keep your voice low to maintain the silence and peace of the area.

Roaring Camp Railroads

Roaring Camp Railroads takes you through the redwood forests. The first train starts at Roaring Camp Depot in Felton and ends at Bear Mountain. The second train is the Santa Cruz Beach Train which will take you through Henry Cowell State Park for an unforgettable view of the redwood trees.

State Monarch Preserve

In addition to being home to natural wonders such as the towering redwoods, Santa Cruz is a great location to see smaller natural phenomena like monarch butterflies. Every fall and winter, hundreds of monarch butterflies migrate to the State Monarch Preserve, which provides sunlight, an abundant food source and shelter from the wind.

Arana Gulch

Surround yourself with stunning natural scenery as you hike or bike when you visit Arana Gulch. This area features many different habitats, including wetlands and forests, making it an excellent location for an afternoon or two as you take in the stunning natural scenery.

Make Your Family Vacation Even More Memorable by Booking a Stay at Santa Cruz / Monterey Bay KOA Holiday

Enjoy a comfortable and convenient lodging option close to many Santa Cruz natural attractions when you stay at Santa Cruz/ Monterey Bay KOA Holiday. You can choose between Tent Sites, Camping Cabins and RV Sites for an easy way to camp at your comfort level. 

The campground also features plenty to do between sightseeing adventures in Santa Cruz, including a pool, dog park and bike rentals. Make your next family vacation to the Santa Cruz area truly one of a kind and book a campsite today!

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