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A mountain santuary reflecting nature’s resiliency
The 25-mile long San Lorenzo River threads along the mountain towns of Ben Lomond, Boulder Creek, Brookdale, and Felton. The lively coastal communities fade into memory as you enter the stillness of lush redwood habitats. A century and a half after the logging industry left behind barren land, the resiliency of the valley’s natural surroundings is reflected in its hills and towns. Early preservationists championed the ideas of appreciation and protection of nature. Finally, the mountains returned to their natural state, where trickling streams and graceful waterfalls cohabitate with old and second-growth redwoods. Fall Creek State Park’s collection of old logging operations, lime quarries and kilns stand as a testament to the history of the area. Other state parks grace the landscape, including Big Basin (home to some of the largest oldgrowth coastal redwoods in existence), Henry Cowell, and Castle Rock. Together the parks comprise over 23,000 acres of land, with a collective 130 miles of hiking, biking and equestrian trails, picnic areas, campgrounds and interpretative programs. A beautifully mysterious park is the Loch Lomond Recreation Area, open March through September, where all the trails boast Scottish names. Its secluded lake supplies water to the city of Santa Cruz, and although swimming is not allowed, this fresh pool just north of Felton is the perfect place to fish from shore, or float atop the glassy water in a paddle boat. Retrace the engaging and colorful past of Boulder Creek through local wineries, antique stores, galleries, and a golf course surrounded by majestic redwood trees. Roaring Camp Railroads in Felton hosts visitors on nostalgic rides through the redwoods aboard vintage steam locomotives. Roaring Camp also hosts year-round celebrations like the Summer Gathering of Mountain Men, where visitors can interact with the wild and wooly characters of the 1800s. Tradition and history have come full-circle in the San Lorenzo Valley, its towns evolving into mountain sanctuaries and quiet retreats, where originality and hardiness have stood the test of time.

san Lorenzo Valley

Photo: Paul Schraub

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tradition and history have come Full-circle in the san lorenzo valley

“ route 9 (is) a marvelous road that burrows into the... san Lorenzo Valley. for a scenic drive, head into the santa cruz Mountains on highway 9.” neW yorK Post, APriL 13, 2010
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Santa Cruz Travel Guide 2011

Table of Contents for the Digital Edition of Santa Cruz Travel Guide 2011

Santa Cruz Travel Guide 2011
Contents
Welcome to Santa Cruz County
Santa Cruz
Your Wildlife Watching Destination
Field to Table
Locally Made
From the Mountains to the Sea
Culture and Creativity
201163 Events Calendar
Maps
A Wine Lover’s Paradise
Monterey Bay
Galleries and Museums
Exploring Santa Cruz County’s Great Outdoors
Pajaro Valley and Watsonville
San Lorenzo Valley
Scotts Valley
Capitola and Soquel
Pleasure Point
Aptos
Davenport
Restaurant Guide
Lodging Guide
Visitor Activities
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Santa Cruz Travel Guide 2011 - Welcome to Santa Cruz County
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Santa Cruz Travel Guide 2011 - Santa Cruz
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Santa Cruz Travel Guide 2011 - Your Wildlife Watching Destination
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Santa Cruz Travel Guide 2011 - Field to Table
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Santa Cruz Travel Guide 2011 - Locally Made
Santa Cruz Travel Guide 2011 - From the Mountains to the Sea
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Santa Cruz Travel Guide 2011 - Culture and Creativity
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Santa Cruz Travel Guide 2011 - 201163 Events Calendar
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Santa Cruz Travel Guide 2011 - Maps
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Santa Cruz Travel Guide 2011 - A Wine Lover’s Paradise
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Santa Cruz Travel Guide 2011 - Monterey Bay
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Santa Cruz Travel Guide 2011 - Galleries and Museums
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Santa Cruz Travel Guide 2011 - Exploring Santa Cruz County’s Great Outdoors
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Santa Cruz Travel Guide 2011 - Pajaro Valley and Watsonville
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Santa Cruz Travel Guide 2011 - San Lorenzo Valley
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Santa Cruz Travel Guide 2011 - Scotts Valley
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Santa Cruz Travel Guide 2011 - Capitola and Soquel
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Santa Cruz Travel Guide 2011 - Pleasure Point
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Santa Cruz Travel Guide 2011 - Aptos
Santa Cruz Travel Guide 2011 - Davenport
Santa Cruz Travel Guide 2011 - Restaurant Guide
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Santa Cruz Travel Guide 2011 - Lodging Guide
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