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Discover the local residents-whales, elephant seals, etc.-as you set out on dramatic hiking and biking excursions, explore the local tide pools and coastal dunes, take advantage of kayaking, windsurfing and much more.

Guided Naturalist Hikes
Explore the flora and fauna on the beach and coastal mountains with one of our own resident naturalists. Our hikes focus on Native American history, coastal ecology, bird, plant and animal life offering a unique introduction to Costanoa's surroundings. Ages five to ninety-five are encouraged to attend. Please check the activities calendar for available dates.

Mountain Biking
Trails ranging from country-road explorations to steep trail rides through the redwoods. Detailed trail maps and suggested routes are printed in our Adventure Guide. Mountain Bikes are available for rent through the Activities Office.  Pick-up times are 9am, 11am, 3pm and 5pm.  We recommend making reservations with at least 48 hours notice to insure availabliity of preferred frame size. We offer 27-speed, front suspension Mountain Bikes for rent daily, running $15/hour or $45 for a full day.

Surfing Lessons
This is where California surfing got its start. Santa Cruz, home to O'Neill wetsuits since 1959, has a surfing museum and a growing population of full time surfers. The Winter Cold Water Classic surf contest is an annual event due to the consistent storm swells. If you're looking for mellow waves, or are new to the sport, head to Surfers Beach just south of the Beach House in Miramar, or Cowells Beach near Steamer's Lane in Santa Cruz (small summer surf is the best for learning.)  If you would like to schedule a lesson through Richard Schmidt Surf School as an individual or a group, please let us know in advance.

The beaches a fulfill a kayaker's dream: sea caves, tide pools, rocky islands, marine life and big rolling waves. While you should have some kayaking experience in the open ocean (wet exits and "Eskimo rolls"), there are a few beginner "put in" spots. Our skilled activities staff also offers guided kayaking expeditions in the nearby Pescadero Marsh from September through February. Pescadero Marsh is a 600-acre wetland, home to egrets, herons, turtles and steelhead. The calm waters make it an ideal location for kayakers of any level to explore.

Yoga Classes
Stretch your mind and body in our weekend morning yoga class. Each class focuses on strength, balance, endurance and flexibility. You will also learn new ways of moving, better posture, better breathing and a new awareness of yourself.  Yoga classes are normally offered Sunday mornings from Memorial Day through Labor Day as well as Holiday weekends. Please check the activities calendar for available dates.

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California Coastal Trail Ride
Tour Code: IRCA07
6 days / 5 nights ~$2,800.00
Dates: Apr-Jun, Sep-Nov

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Difficulty : Riding Level (Click for legend) Lodging: Standard
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Tack: Western, English and Australian
Horses: Gaited Tennesse Walker
Pace: Moderate with opportunities to gait an...

Airport: San Francisco
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Riding Level Explained
A Beginner
Beginner A rider who has limited experience, is unable to post the trot and does not canter.
B Novice
Novice A rider who is capable of mounting and dismounting unassisted, capable of applying basic aids, comfortable and in control at the walk, moderate length posting trots, and short canters.
C Intermediate
Intermediate A rider who has a firm seat, is confident and in control at all paces (including posting trots, two point canters and gallops), but does not ride regularly.
D Strong Intermediate
Strong Intermediate An intermediate rider who is currently riding regularly and is comfortable in the saddle for at least 6 hours per day.
E Advanced
All of the above, plus an independent seat, soft hands, and capable of handling a spirited horse in open country.
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