Outdoor Recreation and Parks

The Great Outdoors at Our Doorstep

Explore the great outdoors at the many Santa Rosa recreation and parks near our hotel. With over 50 state and regional parks and 150 miles of natural beauty waiting to be explored, there’s no end to outdoor recreation activities in the region. Typical outdoor recreation activities like fishing, canoeing, kayaking, and hiking are anything but in the stunning Sonoma Valley. Discover some of the best outdoor activities in Sonoma County, many just a short drive from the Sandman.

Horseback Riding

Saddle up for a scenic ride along coastal state parks or at private ranches in Santa Rosa and the surrounding region. With a plethora of open spaces and scenic trails, our home region is ideal for equestrians. 

  • Triple Creek Horse Outfit - (707) 877-8700; Guided rides from Glen Ellen through the wine country
  • Horse N Around Trail Rides - (707) 875-3333; Offers trails rides along the beach in Bodega Bay
  • Wine Country Trail Rides - (707) 494-0499; Operated from Chalk Hill Winery in Healdsburg

Walking & Hiking

Prefer to take in the scenery on foot? Sonoma County offers some of the best trails and natural reserves for leisurely strolls and more rigorous hikes. Pack up for a day out at one of these popular walking and hiking destinations near our hotel:

  • Howarth Park
  • Armstrong Redwoods State Reserve
  • North Sonoma Mountain Regional Park & Open Space Preserve
  • Annadel State Park
  • Shiloh Ranch Regional Park
  • Taylor Mountain
  • Armstrong Redwoods
  • Petrified Forest

Sonoma County Hot Air Balloon Rides

Get a bird’s-eye view of the gorgeous greenery with a thrilling hot air balloon ride. A popular activity for tourists and locals alike, this is one of the most unique ways to enjoy the majestic scenery of Santa Rosa and Northern California Wine Country. For a once in a lifetime memory, include a ride in your itinerary or plan your visit around the annual Sonoma County Hot Air Balloon Classic each summer.

We recommend Up & Away Ballooning operated out of Santa Rosa. (707) 836-0171

Scenic Drives

Take a ride through beautiful byways and highways with some of the most scenic drives in Northern California found in Santa Rosa and surrounding Sonoma County. Starting from our perfectly-located hotel sitting just off Highway 101, every direction provides another opportunity to take in the region’s natural beauty.

Head west towards the Pacific Coast for Highway 1 and breathtaking ocean views, or slightly south onto Route 12 (Luther Burbank Memorial Highway) for colorful cross-county rides through vineyards and miles of lush greenery. For longer scenic drives in Northern California, chart a course along the many creeks and the byways that line riverfronts including the Russian River and Lake Sonoma.

Scenic Drives in Sonoma County

  • Bennett Valley
  • Bohemian Highway
  • Bodega Bay
  • Dry Creek

Other Outdoor Adventures

  • Ziplining
  • Old Faithful Geyser
  • Boating

Place Name Address Phone Distance Show on Map
Old Faithful Geyser of California 1299 Tubbs Ln, Calistoga, CA 94515 (707) 942-6463 16.89
Petrified Forest 4100 Petrified Forest Rd, Calistoga, CA 94515 (707) 942-6667 11.79

The Petrified Forest is a petrified forest located in Sonoma County, California, in the United States. It is the only petrified forest in California from the Pliocene. It also has the largest petrified trees in the world

Annadel State Park 6201 Channel Dr, Santa Rosa, CA 95409 7.27

Trione-Annadel State Park is a state park of California in the United States. It is situated at the northern edge of Sonoma Valley and is adjacent to Spring Lake Regional Park in Santa Rosa

Jack London State Historic Park 2400 London Ranch Rd, Glen Ellen, CA 95442 (707) 938-5216 18.31

Jack London State Historic Park, also known as Jack London Home and Ranch, is a California State Historic Park near Glen Ellen.

Armstrong Redwoods State Natural Reserve 17000 Armstrong Woods Rd, Guerneville, CA 95446 18.67
Sonoma Canopy Tours 6250 Bohemian Hwy, Occidental, CA 95465 (888) 494-7868 16.85

Experience the beauty of the Redwoods... from above! A zipline lets the magic of gravity do all the work.

Quarryhill Botanical Garden 12841 CA-12, Glen Ellen, CA 95442 (707) 996-3166 16.71

The Quarryhill Botanical Garden is a research botanical garden housing one of the largest collections of temperate Asian plants in North America.

Taylor Mountain Regional Park 2080 Kawana Terrace, Santa Rosa, CA 95404 (707) 539-8092 5.78

Taylor Mountain Regional Park & Open Space Preserve is a prominent Santa Rosa landmark, providing panoramic views of the city and distant peaks.

North Sonoma Mountain Regional Park & Open Space Preserve 5297 Sonoma Mountain Rd, Santa Rosa, CA 95404 (707) 565-2041 12.15
Sandman Santa Rosa
3421 Cleveland Avenue, CA, 95403, USA
Phone: (707) 293-2100