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Wilder Ranch State Park, Santa Cruz

#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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  • 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 »
  • 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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