Group watching whales at Gualala Point Regional Park

Whale watching in Sonoma County parks

The annual south-to-north Pacific gray whale migration hits its stride along the Sonoma Coast from late winter through spring. Here are some of the regional parks and trails that offer vantage points for whale-watching on Sonoma County's 55-mile coastline. 

Sea Ranch Headlands

Winter hikes in Sonoma County

For outdoor enthusiasts, 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 the Sonoma Coast, here are some of Regional Parks' favorite winter hikes.

Hiking with kids on the Westwind Trail at Helen Putnam Regional Park

Tips for hiking with kids in Sonoma County parks

Thought your hiking days were on hold once you became a parent? Think again! Sonoma County’s Regional Parks provide plenty of safe and doable adventures for little ones. To help you and your kids enjoy your time on the trails, here are some tips for preparing for your adventure and choosing the best parks to explore.

Coyote sitting on a rock

Coyotes in Sonoma County: What to know about these wild canines

Coyotes are skilled and wily hunters that play an important role in the Sonoma County ecosystem. Here’s an introduction to these resilient canines, still a vital part of the wildlife that keep Sonoma County's parks in balance, and how we can co-exist with them on public and private lands.

Black bear cub - photo credit: Dwayne Reilander https://commons.wikimedia.org/wiki/File:Jasper-Bear-Hunt-64.jpg

How to be bear aware in Sonoma County Regional Parks

Black bears are an increasing presence in Sonoma County, including its Regional Parks. This knowledge should not cause fear, but rather, a desire for a better understanding of how to keep both humans and bears safe. Here are tips and facts that will help you share the parks with bears.

It’s foggy beach time on the Sonoma Coast

Visiting the Sonoma Coast in summer? Know that you’ll likely meet banks of damp, gray fog in mornings and evenings. Learn why this natural seasonal feature occurs, why summer fog is vital for coastal plants and trees and discover the best Sonoma County beach parks to visit in summer.

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