Wilder Ranch State Park, Santa Cruz

4.7
#2 of 21 in Parks in Santa Cruz
State Park · Hidden Gem · Nature / Park
Wilder Ranch State Park is open every day, 8am to Sunset.

The Interpretive Center and Park Store are temporarily closed until further notice due to COVID-19. When they reopen, they will be open Thursday through Sunday. We are excited for the time in the future when you can come on out to the park for a hike, guided hikes on Saturdays, Living History Demonstrations on special days (call for times), or a cultural history tour: weekends 1pm, Saturdays & Sundays.

We hope to see you back at the Ranch real soon!

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  • Altho the wildflowers were gone in mid October, the agriculture was a pleasant surprise along the coastal trail. The trail becomes confusing at the railroad tracks. Ride alongside the tracks approx....  more »
  • For serious hikers, there are miles of trails rated moderate to difficult north of Hwy 1 in the park. But for scenery, the Old Cove Landing Trail which is rated easy is hard to beat. It is south of....  more »
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  • Excellent place to hike, see classic California scenery with ocean, waves and cliffs. Coastal trail is very kid and bike friendly. It’s very easy and enjoyable. Parking is $10 unless you park along the highway and walk over. There are restrooms and water fountain. Views are gorgeous.
  • Excellent hiking along the ocean with a lot of wildlife to see along the way. Also, has quite a few events throughout the year located at the historic building areas and around the horses. Large loop trails provide lots of beautiful views.

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