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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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We walked the Old Landing Cove Trail and it was just beautiful. We walked from the top of cliffs down to the water. The views of the ocean are amazing. We also saw lots of lounging CA sea lions and...
We walked the Old Landing Cove Trail and it was just beautiful. We walked from the top of cliffs down to the water. The views of the ocean are amazing. We also saw lots of lounging CA sea lions and... more »
Pre-Covid, we’ve been coming out to Santa Cruz every Xmas thru New Years to visit our kids and grandkids, and a hike along the Wilder Ranch trail has been a regular part of the experience. This year..... more
Pre-Covid, we’ve been coming out to Santa Cruz every Xmas thru New Years to visit our kids and grandkids, and a hike along the Wilder Ranch trail has been a regular part of the experience. This year..... more »
Everywhere you look is stunning beauty. Walking along the bluffs above the shore gives you the chance to spot wildlife, watch a sunset, and breathe fresh air. Pop down to a little cove to explore fern-filled walls, find bits of sea glass, and dip your toes in the surf. Wander over to the old farmhouse and outbuildings to learn a bit of history. Imagine life as a rancher on the rugged coast.
There was just a minimal parking fee. There are several trails however I opted for the easiest and shortest trail (2.4 miles) due to time constraints. It was a magnificent sunny day. The sound and smell of ocean water as I walked the trails were perfect. There isn't shade so be sure to check the weather before heading out. I was able to see rabbits, squirrels, and a crane along the way.
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