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  • Hood Mountain Scarlet Fritillary from Ashes

    If you haven’t been to Hood Mountain Regional Park in a while, now is the time to go. The Pythian Road entrance of the 1,750-acre preserve on the edge of the Sonoma Valley recently reopened for the first time since the October 2017 wildfire, and its landscape offers a unique look at the ferocity and resiliency of nature. Hood Mountain enthusiasts will be relieved to see that their beloved getaway is not ruined, but regenerating – undergoing a “renovation” of sorts. 

  • Poppies

    Nature can be formidable and challenging, as the Sonoma County wildfires reminded us. But nature also can be a resource for health and healing. More and more, science bears that out. Reflecting on that evidence, Sonoma County Regional Parks is launching Nature Heals, free monthly sessions that support community wellness through yoga, art, poetry, and meditation in the parks.

  • Shiloh Ranch burned oak on ground
    If you haven't visited one of the Sonoma County parks that burned in the wildfires, you may wonder what to expect when you do. The good news is you'll find new grass covering ground that was blackened five months ago. You'll see wildflowers and tender leaves sprouting. But at the same time, you will be struck by the fires' scars, some obvious and some less so.  

  • Fire Regrowth

    Sonoma County’s forests, woodlands, shrub lands and streamsides already have a plan for recovery after the fires. In fact, they’ve planned for this wildfire disaster for a long time. And they have bounced back from many fires over thousands of years. 

  • Field on Fire
    Several Sonoma County Regional Parks were damaged in October's wildfires and are closed indefinitely as we assess impacts and plan repairs. Here is a summary of how the parks fared and when they might reopen.
  • Couple visits all parks Taylor Mountain

    Most people agree that spending time in parks is good for your health. But the experience of one Santa Rosa couple suggests that visiting parks is good for your love life too. 

  • Tent camping at Doran Beach

    Thinking about camping in Sonoma County this summer? If so and if you want to nab the best spot, reserve your campsite today. The earlier you reserve, the better your chance of ending up with a campsite that matches your needs.

  • Mountain biker climbing Hood Mountain

    From beginning rides at parks like Helen Putnam in Petaluma or Foothill in Windsor to epic climbs at Hood Mountain or the rocky singletrack at Annadel, this list will get you on the trails.  

  • Girl in life vest in the Russian River

    Summer on the Russian River. ... It's an iconic Sonoma County experience on this beautiful warm-weather playground. However, playing in the river is not without risk. So at the risk of sounding like your mom, we ask you to please be safe out there.

  • Healdsburg water carnival barrel races women

    Imagine straddling a tipping and turning wine barrel in the middle of the Russian River, trying not to fall off while propelling yourself forward and around a buoy with a canoe paddle. Get the picture? It's not easy to do, but we suggest you try it at the Healdsburg Water Carnival.

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Welcome to the official Regional Parks blog, where we bring you regular articles about Sonoma County's parks, beaches, trails, wildlife, and outdoor adventures.

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