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  • Published on December 12, 2020

    Due to the rise in COVID-19 cases, Sonoma County has joined other Bay Area counties in preemptively adopting the state's regional stay-home restrictions. The rules now in effect through Jan. 9 recognize that outdoor activity is critical for our health and do not limit access to parks, beaches and playgrounds. However, the latest health order does prohibit camping, so we have closed all regional park campgrounds. And with health officials urging us not to gather with members of other households, we have cancelled in-person programs and events as well. Your parks and trails remain essential resources for you. Please continue to practice physical distancing when you visit and wear your mask when you're near others.  

  • Published on November 19, 2020

    Hood Mountain Regional Park and Open Space Preserve was in the direct path of the Glass Fire on Sept. 28 when the fire topped the Mayacamas Mountains from Napa County, driven by dry conditions and strong winds on its way toward Eastern Santa Rosa. Overall, the wildfire burned approximately 80 percent of the 2,000-acre park. About 50 percent was a moderate- to high-severity burn that killed or heavily damaged many trees. 

  • Published on November 19, 2020

    This is the time of year to give thanks – an occasion to voice the gratitude we feel daily, but often don't take the time to express. Here at Regional Parks, we are ever-thankful for our members and visitors, whose support makes our mission and vision possible. This month, we are also thankful for several special happenings: New parkland in the West County, rain – and the healing of Hood Mountain Regional Park and Open Space Preserve, and our staff and visitors who continue to rise to the challenge during this pandemic. Read on for more!

  • Published on November 17, 2020

    Recreating during the pandemic has made a couple of things abundantly clear: Getting outside for our physical and mental health is more important than ever, and some trails are better than others for doing that safely. There are three Sonoma County multi-use trails that offer room to spread out or take you off the beaten path. 

  • Published on October 12, 2020

    It is an understatement to say this has been a rough couple of weeks, months, and year. With our community recovering from yet another catastrophic wildfire, under the shadow of a global pandemic, our thoughts go out to everyone affected. As firefighters work toward total containment of the Glass Fire, we want to update you on the impact to Hood Mountain Regional Park and Open Space Preserve in the Sonoma Valley.

  • Published on July 31, 2020
    Summertime, and the living is – well, not exactly easy this year. But we do have the outdoors, and mom was right: We should go outside – it's a beautiful day! We hope you enjoy this last full month of summer. Explore new-to-you trails, take a last-minute camping trip, stake out some sand for a day at the beach or take an in-person paddle class (details enclosed). Summer experiences are still waiting for you at your favorite Sonoma County Regional Park.

  • Published on June 18, 2020

    A new health order, slated to go into effect at 12:01 a.m. Friday, June 19, relaxes more restrictions and allows more businesses and activities to resume.

  • Published on June 5, 2020

    Sonoma County’s Health Officer issued a new Order today allowing in-person faith based services, indoor retail shopping and dining, hair salons/barbershops, and outdoor recreation business activities and equipment rental. All business sectors opening will be required to follow mitigation measures.

  • Published on March 9, 2020

    Spring in Sonoma County Regional Parks is the perfect time to see wildflowers in bloom, enjoy green meadows, hike or run challenging trails or just ample along at a slower pace. Regional Parks’ team members recommend Crane Creek, Helen Putnam, Shiloh Ranch, Sonoma Valley and Tolay Lake parks for some of Sonoma County’s best spring hiking. 

  • Published on February 13, 2020

    The northern coastal parks and beaches are calling you to visit. Hike along the beach, view wildlife (whales!), and even pitch a tent among the redwoods. Meander your way up the coast to discover new adventures.

  • Published on January 22, 2020

    Join Sonoma County Regional Parks for dozens of new hikes, classes, outings and special events! Find out what there is to do in the parks now through May by downloading the new Winter/Spring Outdoor Activities Guide or visiting our calendar of events. Enjoy time in the parks when they're less busy, yet still brimming with things to see and do. Enjoy mild weather while discovering a trail, learning a skill or making a difference by volunteering.

  • Published on December 19, 2019

    The Joe Rodota Trail between Roberts Avenue and South Wright Road will reopen on March 14, 2020. The trail closed for cleaning on January 31, 2020.

  • Published on December 12, 2019

    Winter in Sonoma County is all about crisp air, greening hillsides and rushing streams. Embrace the season by checking our winter activities calendar and joining us for nature hikes, Junior Ranger adventures, bird walks, volunteer projects, and other opportunities to enjoy this special time of year.

  • Published on December 5, 2019

    Explore the new Mark West Creek Regional Park & Preserve property during our 2020 park preview days beginning April 11. The park is not yet open to the public, but on preview days, you're welcome to hike the site and learn more about its special features.

  • Published on November 15, 2019

    The Doran Regional Park boat launch has reopened following a major renovation and is available to campers and day-use visitors. Improvements include new surfacing, ADA kayak launch, fish cleaning station and landscaping.

  • Published on October 16, 2019

    Sonoma County Regional Parks is hosting a third community workshop to gather input on a potential Russian River bicycle and pedestrian trail between Forestville and Jenner. The meeting will be held from 6 to 7:30 p.m. Oct. 23 at the Monte Rio Recreation and Park District office, 20488 Highway 116. Spanish interpretation and refreshments will be provided.

  • Published on August 9, 2019

    Thank you to all those who joined us in July for the first of our monthly preview days at the future Mark West Creek Regional Park & Preserve. We had a great time hosting nearly 200 visitors at this newly acquired site. If you're interested in exploring your next regional park, please join us for an upcoming preview day. This month's event is full, but spots are available for September, November and December.

  • Published on August 1, 2019

    Sonoma County’s parks are full of wildlife, and that wildlife includes the northern Pacific rattlesnake. Just how dangerous are rattlesnakes? What should you do if you find a rattlesnake on a trail? Here are some snake facts and hiking tips to help you keep calm if you encounter a rattlesnake in a park.  

  • Published on July 3, 2019

    Come explore the newly acquired Mark West Creek Regional Park & Preserve on July 13, the first of our monthly "park preview” days. You're invited to hike on 7 miles of trails and take in the views and landscapes that make this area so special. Preview days are planned for second Saturdays, so sign up now to discover your next regional park.

  • Published on June 13, 2019

    Big summer fun is underway at Spring Lake Regional Park, where the inflatable water park is open daily. Come for an afternoon or the whole summer with a season pass. Want to swim, not bounce? The Spring Lake lagoon is also open daily for swimming, with no charge for admission. Or, if boating is more your thing, cruise the lake with our summer paddleboard, kayak, canoe and paddle boat rentals.

  • Published on June 13, 2019

    The California Department of Forestry and Fire Protection (CAL FIRE), Sonoma-Lake-Napa Unit, is planning a prescribed burn for Sonoma Valley Regional Park along Highway 12 in Glen Ellen on Monday, June 17, 2019. Fire crews will burn approximately 34 acres between 8:30 a.m. and 2:30 p.m. Smoke will be visible in the air and fire crews and flames will be visible along the highway frontage while the burn is managed.

  • Published on May 21, 2019

    To help reduce visitor impacts on Russian River parks and neighborhoods, Sonoma County Regional Parks is regulating alcohol possession and commercial bus access at Steelhead and Sunset beaches from Memorial Day weekend through Labor Day. 

  • Published on May 21, 2019

    Fluttering waves of painted lady butterflies have been passing through Sonoma County’s parks this spring, dancing north in the millions, thanks to the bountiful rains in Southern California this year. But the black and orange ladies aren’t the only butterflies on the wing. To go butterfly spotting with a new appreciation, check what we’re learning about this insect's colors, designs and crazy-good navigation skills.  

  • Published on May 15, 2019

    Sonoma County Regional Parks is offering military members and veterans free parking at all county parks over Memorial Day weekend. Veterans, active duty military personnel, and their families are eligible for a special pass that waives Regional Parks’ $7 day-use parking fee from Friday, May 24, through Monday, May 27.  2019.

  • Published on May 8, 2019

    Parks season is here, and our activities calendar is bursting with spring and summer outings. Yoga on the beach, forest walks, night hikes, a pride hike and potluck, cultural history walks, and a new nature journaling series are just some of the adventures we've got planned. 

  • Published on April 22, 2019

    Sonoma County Regional Parks is hosting two community workshops to gather input on a potential Russian River bicycle and pedestrian trail between Forestville and Jenner. The meetings are scheduled for May 7 from 6 to 8 p.m. and May 11 from 9 to 11 a.m.  at Guerneville Elementary School, 14630 Armstrong Woods Road.

  • Published on April 11, 2019

    The following parks and trails are closed due to flooding or storm-related safety issues: the trail between Lake Benoist and Lake Wilson at Riverfront Regional Park, the South Ridge Trail between Vista Point and Canyon Trail at Shiloh Ranch Regional Park, and the Ragle Ranch back country trails. 

  • Published on April 4, 2019

    Can you tell your hound's tongue from your baby blue eyes? We have a new digital field guide to help identify some of Sonoma County's more common wildflowers. Entries are organized by color, and each links to iNaturalist for more details about local sightings and habitat. Download it to your phone and have it handy on all your spring walks!

  • Published on April 3, 2019

    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.

  • Published on April 3, 2019

    Spring in Sonoma County is practically a Technicolor experience, and a picnic in the park is one of the best ways to enjoy the season's vivid beauty. You can discover more remote picnic sites, where you're immersed in the sights, sounds and scents of spring.

  • Published on March 15, 2019

    The public is invited to celebrate the dedication of Tolay Lake Regional Park from 10:30 a.m. to 3 p.m. Saturday, March 30, 2019. The free event will feature speakers, guided hikes, cultural demonstrations, children’s activities, food and music, and is hosted by Sonoma County Regional Parks, Federated Indians of Graton Rancheria, Sonoma Land Trust, Sonoma County Ag + Open Space and Sonoma County Regional Parks Foundation.

  • Published on March 8, 2019

    Please join us and our partners March 30 as we officially mark the opening of Tolay Lake Regional Park with a dedication and an afternoon of special activities. Enjoy an ecology hike along Tolay Creek, a wildflower walk across lush hillsides, cultural demonstrations, farm activities, bird watching, a catered picnic lunch and more. Explore your newest and largest regional park at this free, family friendly celebration.

  • Published on February 14, 2019

    After a first date at Taylor Mountain Regional Park, Jessica and Aaron decided to see all of Sonoma County's 50-plus regional parks together. A year later, they checked the last park off their list. Now they're married. For Valentine's Day, here's their story.

  • Published on February 6, 2019
    Sonoma County Regional Parks and the California Department of Forestry and Fire Protection (CAL FIRE), Sonoma-Lake-Napa Unit will begin burning brush piles at Shiloh Ranch Regional Park in southeast Windsor on Sunday, Feb. 10. The pile burn is the first of several to be conducted in the park this month and possibly into the spring, to create a fire break along a wooded boundary the park shares with the Mayacama homeowners. The park will remain open during burning operations.
  • Published on January 10, 2019

    One of the best things about living in Sonoma County is the moderate weather. Even our rainiest weeks are punctuated by days of sunshine, which means hiking in Sonoma County can be a year-round pleasure. From Petaluma to Windsor and the Sonoma Valley to the Sonoma Coast, here are some of our favorite winter hikes.

  • Published on January 7, 2019

    One of the best things about living in Sonoma County is the moderate weather. Except for days with heavy rains, hiking here can be a year-round pleasure. From the Sonoma Valley to Sonoma Coast, here are some of our favorite winter hikes.

  • Published on December 11, 2018
    Exciting news: We now own 1,192 acres for Sonoma County's newest park, Mark West Regional Park & Open Space Preserve! We are so grateful to our acquisition partners at Sonoma County Ag + Open Space, to the ranching families who wanted to conserve and share this land, and to the taxpayers who support our natural landscapes. Now we begin the multi-year process of planning for a permanent park opening. In the meantime, we'll host regular "park preview" days beginning in March. We hope you'll visit.
  • Published on December 5, 2018

    The previously announced Mark West Creek Regional Park preview days have been delayed due to the impacts of winter weather. Once we have new dates, we will announce the details on our activities calendar and social media and in our e-news. Advance registration will not be necessary.

  • Published on December 1, 2018

    They’re coming! They’re here! No, it’s not the zombie apocalypse. This threat is from invasive plant and animal species that have wormed their way into Sonoma County despite best efforts to stop them.

  • Published on November 8, 2018

    Sonoma County voters on Nov. 6 approved a dedicated source of funding for regional and city parks. Measure M, a 1/8-cent sales tax for parks, was supported by 72.6 percent of voters.

  • Published on November 2, 2018

    Sonoma County voters on Nov. 6 will be asked to create a dedicated source of funding for their regional and city parks. If approved by two-thirds of voters, Measure M's 1/8-cent sales tax will help repair parks, reduce wildfire risks, protect waterways and wildlife, open public lands, extend trails, and improve access to parks. Learn more about park needs countywide and the citizen oversight for Measure M by reading the expenditure plan and fact sheet.

  • Published on November 2, 2018

    We strive to make Sonoma County’s parks accessible and welcoming. One way we do that is through our Spanish-language community engagement programs like "Nuestros Parques" and "Bajo Las Estrellas." This video shows why we love hosting these hikes and camping trips.

  • Published on November 1, 2018

    Tolay Lake Regional Park offers more than 11 miles of trails, including an extension of the West Ridge Trail that leads to a portion of the park that’s been largely inaccessible until now. 

  • Published on October 9, 2018

    We're thrilled to announce that Tolay Lake Regional Park will be open every day beginning October 27. The Sonoma County Board of Supervisors has approved the park's master plan, an action that lets us open the 3,400-acre park daily without the need for visitor permits. With the opening comes new access to the southern half of the park via an extension of the West Ridge Trail, pictured above. But first, we're hosting the annual Tolay Fall Festival!

  • Published on September 5, 2018

    Want to see pure joy? Bring your dog to the Spring Lake Water Bark, the annual off-leash party at the park's swimming lagoon, and watch him splash, fetch, chase new friends, and practically wag his tail off. Dogs can swim and romp Sept. 8-9, Sept. 16, Sept. 22-23, and Sept. 29-30.  

  • Published on September 1, 2018

    Sonoma County’s Regional Parks have a wide selection of trails to choose from: 150 miles of trails to be exact. What goes into making a good trail? More than meets the eye.

  • Published on August 7, 2018

    Sonoma County voters this fall will have the opportunity to create a dedicated source of funding for their Regional and city parks. The Board of Supervisors agreed Aug. 7 to place a 1/8-cent sales tax for parks on the November ballot. If approved by voters countywide, the measure will help the county and cities maintain parks, reduce wildfire risks, protect waterways and wildlife, open long-awaited parks, expand trails, and offer programs. A key piece of the measure is an expenditure plan that details how the funding will support parks. 

  • Published on August 7, 2018

    Stay informed of the funding measure placed on the November ballot for Sonoma County Parks' maintenance, park openings, fire recovery and natural resource protections.

  • Published on August 1, 2018

    Since many of our visitors are turning to inner tubes, we thought it was time to share the dos and don’ts of tubing the Russian River. Though there are several routes to float, the only suggested inner tube trip along the Russian River is the 2-mile stretch of water from Steelhead Beach to Sunset Beach.

  • Published on July 2, 2018

    July kicks off the swim season at Veterans Memorial Beach in Healdsburg. With lifeguards on duty daily and swim zones clearly marked, this family friendly beach is one of the safest places to enjoy the Russian River. The calm, deep swimming area is created by a seasonal dam, a feature that takes a fair amount of engineering and has been a summer tradition for decades. See how the dam goes up and some cool historical images in this short video.

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