NorCal Roadtrips

An Explorer's Guide to Northern California

Wilder Ranch State Park

Wilder Ranch

Description: On the site of a late 1800's dairy ranch, this park is very popular with mountain bikers. Recently expanded to 6,200 acres, visitors can tour historic ranch houses and structures, hike around in meadows and grasslands, or hike to the nearby beach where harbor seals take in the sun. Attractions include Victorian homes, gardens, and a historic adobe. There are 34 miles of trails for hikers, bikers or riders. The buildings are a short walk from the parking lot and dogs are not allowed past the entrance gate. See our write-up on Highway 1 South for more attractions in this general area.

Facilities: Picnic areas, visitor center, historic buildings, hiking, mountain biking and equestrian trails, restrooms.

Open: Year round; day use only. Visitor center open 10AM-4PM Wednesdays thru Sundays in summer and in winter weekends only. Phone: 831-423-9703. Call (831) 426-0505 (the Wilder Ranch Interpretive Center) for information regarding tours and interpretive activities.

Location: Two miles north of Santa Cruz on Hwy. 1.