How to Visit the Sonoma County Coast Safely

Listen to Tim Murphy, California State Park Peace Officer, as he discusses ocean safety and how to visit the Sonoma County Coast safely.

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Leave No Trace Principle 1: Know Before You Go. With so many things to see and do, it's best to take some time to plan ahead.

Soulful Travel is more than simply taking a trip. When traveling with intention, the experience can feed your soul, enrich your life, help you relax, rejuvenate and restore.

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Stick to Trails and Be a Water Wise Camper. When we minimize human impact in our outdoor spaces, we help keep them pristine, beautiful and healthy for all.

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Trash Your Trash and Pick Up Pet Waste. If you bring it into the outdoors, take it back with you. Don't forget about responsibility when it comes to human and pet waste.

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Leave It As You Find It. There are new things to discover and explore around every corner. Take pictures and make memories, but please don't take natural items or leave your mark on rocks and trees.

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Be Extremely Careful with Fire. Sonoma County's dry summers elevate the risk of wildfires, and restrictions may be in place during certain times of the year.

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Keep Wildlife Wild. Sonoma County is celebrated for its unique microclimates and biodiversity, supporting an array of birds, mammals, amphibians, insects and more. It's best to observe them from a distance and keep them safe and wild.

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Stick to Trails and Be a Water Wise Camper. Some seemingly small actions can have unintended consequences. Respect private property and stay on designated trails. Your shortcut may be a neighbor's backyard or important wildlife habitat.