The Re-opening of Sugarloaf

Since 2012, Sugarloaf Ridge State Park has been operated by Team Sugarloaf after successsfully negotiating the re-opening of the park after closure in 2011 due to a State funding crisis. Team Sugarloaf is a coalition of five nonprofit partners spearheaded by Sonoma Ecology Center.

Sugarloaf was closed in December 2011 for the first time in its 48-year history due to the State of California’s budget problems. Eager to reopen the precious 3,900-acre gem, Team Sugarloaf worked with the State Parks to develop an operating plan that would enable it to re-open and become fully available to the public. Under the agreement, the State maintains ownership of the park while Team Sugarloaf manages operations.

Thanks to Team Sugarloaf, all park functions have been restored and are thriving. Sugarloaf day use and camping has significantly increased since the reopening, and the Visitor Center is in the process of receiving a more user-friendly makeover. We have a five-year operating agreement with the State of California.

Critical to Sugarloaf Ridge’s operating budget is its reliance on user fees, donations, and volunteers to operate and maintain the park and all amenities.

Please donate to Sugarloaf and help Team Sugarloaf in its endeavor to keep the park open and thriving!