Santa Cruz Redwoods

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Santa Cruz Mountains & Santa Cruz Redwood Parks

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Camping out in the Santa Cruz mountains can be a magical experience. It is here where some city dweller first get a glimpse of the coastal giant trees. Towering above in several Redwood Parks, the hiking & camping are endless. Backpacking, day hiking, mountain biking and horseback riding are all popular activities in this region.

NOTE: There is no off-roading, 4×4, OHV trails in these coastal mountains, so it will be more peaceful. Peace and quiet, remember that?

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Since this mountain range is in between the Santa Cruz coastline and THE CITY, San Francisco, and situated right next to the mega-city “Bay Area”, you can always expect a few tourists about and lots of locals out enjoying their backyard (at all times of the year). Make campground or cabin reservations as far in advance as possible. Summers are the busiest months!

Tent Cabins
Tent Cabins: Big Basin Cabins can be arranged at Big Basin State Park, private vacation homes nearby, or a few small towns on Hwy 9 offer accommodations. On the coastal side is the small community of Pescadero near Butano SP.

Small towns nearby offer lodging & dining:

Big Basin Redwoods Camping

La Posada Candlelight Parade

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La Posada Candlelight Parade in Monterey
Candlelight Posada and Parade

Over 30 years running; Local and long-held tradition McAllen’s Annual Candlelight Posada and Parade. Members from the community as well as out-of-towners gather in the city’s streets to enjoy a time of giving and joy with friends and family.

Christmas in the Adobes:

35,000 guests pack the streets and coastline. All gathered to witness a live nativity procession, Santa Claus and a lit parade involving more than 100 floats. As is tradition, the parade winds down at Archer Park where guests will find three stages for live entertainment.

Annual event: December
Monterey, CA
956-682-2871

exploremcallen.com/events/annual/candlelightposada

 

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Cowboy Poetry & Music Festival

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Cowboy Festival, Monterey, California

Cowboy Poetry and Music Festival

Monterey Cowboy Poetry & Music Festival

Where the traditions and lifestyles of the vaqueros blend with traditions and lifestyles of cowboys who worked there way west from Texas, Arizona and Nevada. Live music, concerts, great food, wine and beer.

Annual event: November
Monterey, CA
831-649-5080

montereycowboy.org

Vaqueros, Vidaurri ranch, Laredo, 1910

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Downtown Monterey

Scottish Games & Celtic Festival

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Monterey Scot Games

Celebrating 40+ years of traditional Scottish games, music & dancing. Highland dancers, Irish step dancers, pipe band competitions, British food & crafts, Scottish athletic competitions. This Monterey event is held the beautiful setting of Toro County Park, in the hills between Salinas & Monterey Bay. Celtic Concerts; Monterey County Celtic Week; Monterey Bay School of Piping & Drumming.

Annual event; July

MONTEREY CA

montereyscotgames.com

Monterey County Fair

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County Fair in Monterey

Over 70 years of this coastal event in California. Carnival rides, livestock show, food, live music, arts & crafts, horse races & wine tasting. This is by far the largest summer fair event in the region. Campgrounds and hotels in the area fill up fast in warmer months, so make reservations if you want to visit the Monterey Bay Area and not stay overnight sleeping in your car.

Annual event; August

MONTEREY CA

montereycountyfair.com

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