Nature and Recreation in Sonoma County

While we’re staying safe at home, enjoy these virtual experiences brought to you by parks and nature organizations in Sonoma County!

Laguna de Santa Rosa Trail

Sonoma County Parks restrictions eased

Access to Sonoma County Regional Parks is now expanded. The new health order offers wider access to the outdoors while we continue to shelter in place. Residents can now drive to inland parks. Driving to a coastal park is not allowed and those parking areas remain closed. Playgrounds, dog parks, picnic areas, barbecue areas, drinking fountains, campgrounds, visitor centers and other facilities that promote gatherings or feature high-touch surfaces are closed. Get rules and information about individual parks here. Get answers to frequently asked questions here.
State Parks:
Austin Creek State Recreation Area and Armstrong Redwoods State Park are now open to vehicular access and parking. Jack London State Historic Park is open 9am to 5 pm daily, however, the Museum and Historic Cottage are closed. Sugarloaf Ridge State Park is open 8 a.m. – 7 p.m., day-use parking. For more details, and to purchase a pass, visit website. Trione-Annadel State Park is open with very limited parking. Campgrounds, high public-use indoor facilities, including museums and visitor centers, and picnic areas are closed.

Manzanita at Pepperwood Preserve

Wild Wonders: Manzanita

Pepperwood Preserve Environmental Educator Summer Swallow introduces us to the many forms of this classic California plant in this YouTube tour.

Watch Wild Sugarloaf – From the Critter Cam!

Enjoy this highlight reel featuring the creatures of Sugarloaf Ridge State Park and created by Guy Miller, a Park Stewards and Critter Cam team member. Thanks, Guy and the rest of the Critter Cam Team! And thanks to the stars – the animals!

Sugarloaf Ridge State Park is an amazing natural haven of 3,900 acres in Kenwood, located northeast of Kenwood in the Mayacamas Mountains between the Sonoma and Napa valleys. Visit Sugarloaf Ridge State Park when parks reopen!

Animals at Sugarloaf Park

Visit the Sonoma County Wildlife Rescue

Take a wild moment within your Covid confinement and enjoy a live-stream session featuring an orphaned North American Beaver with veterinarian Dr. Dan Famini! (Keep watching… There are baby opossums too!)

Sonoma County Wildlife Rescue is dedicated to: the rescue, rehabilitation, and release of sick, injured, and orphaned wildlife; and the promotion, understanding, appreciation, protection and conservation of wildlife through both our Educational Outreach Programs and our advocacy efforts.
Beaver at Sonoma County Wildlife Rescue

Deer Fawn Triplets at Sonoma Valley Regional Park!

Sonoma County Regional Parks’ wildlife cameras recently captured some of the first fawns of the year.

While twins are often the norm, deer will bear triplets about 15-20% of the time if their numbers are in balance with quality habitat that can support them. It is often a sign of a healthy deer population.

Wolf House trail at Jack London State Historic Park

Enjoy this virtual tour that park staff created for you. The park is closed for now, but be sure to visit when this is over!

At the park, see “The House of Happy Walls” museum, Jack London’s grave, and the remains of “Wolf House,” his dream house which was destroyed by fire. Trails lead hikers through fir and oak woodlands to views of the Valley of the Moon.


Sonoma Meditation: Sonoma Creek

Come down by the river as we explore Sonoma Creek, the 33-mile long waterway that flows from Hood Mountain to the wetlands of San Pablo Bay, passing through Kenwood, Glen Ellen, The Springs, City of Sonoma and The Carneros. Today we are at Eldridge, just outside Glen Ellen.
Best enjoyed full screen and with sound on – or you’ll miss the babbling brook and the birds calling from the trees.