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Trip Planner: USA / California / Santa Cruz / Wilder Ranch State Park
Wilder Ranch State Park is open every day, 8am to Sunset.Make Wilder Ranch State Park part of your personalized Santa Cruz itinerary using our Santa Cruz trip itinerary app.
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!
Wilder Ranch State Park reviews
Old Cove Landing Trail at Wilder Ranch State Park is a 2.4mile loop trail that covers western cliffs along Santa Cruz Shores. A very peaceful & serene hike, you can spot Sea Gulls, Heron, Seals...
Old Cove Landing Trail at Wilder Ranch State Park is a 2.4mile loop trail that covers western cliffs along Santa Cruz Shores. A very peaceful & serene hike, you can spot Sea Gulls, Heron, Seals... more »
take a walk to the bluffs you wont regret it bring a jacket mountain biking and hiking everywhere lots of hawks and turkeys
take a walk to the bluffs you wont regret it bring a jacket mountain biking and hiking everywhere lots of hawks and turkeys more »
The ocean side walks besides the cliffs are stunning. Great views from above the cliffs but be cautious when stepping close to edges. The actual part of the walking trails are on the other side of the highway. Relax and peaceful walk and much less crowded than many other nearby areas. Hardly any beach access but worth a visit.
This park was the perfect place to lead a group hike to close out our 2.5 day Leadership Retreat held in Santa Cruz. It has clear trails that are easy to moderate. The trail that my group and I explored led us to incredible scenic views. So relaxing and refreshing! Upon entry into the park there are clean bathrooms and picnic tables. Parking is available as well. Overall, the Old Cove Landing Trail is great for hikers that are looking for something more relaxing/ easy and scenic then challenging and strenuous. Please note- we did not complete the entire loop due to time constraints. But this was my experience up to the edge by the ocean. There are more challenging trails in the park. This park is definitely recommended. As a New Yorker who was visiting the area, it made me love California even more.
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