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Wilder Ranch State Park

1401 Coast Rd, Santa Cruz, CA 95060-5601
+1 831-423-9703
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Great place for hiking, biking, and views.

With miles of hiking and mountain bike trails extending from the cliffs along the ocean into the... read more

Reviewed 1 week ago
Stevej95060
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Santa Cruz, California
Great picnic spot!

Have gone here several times. Hiking, picnics, biking. The scenery is spectacular! I also attended... read more

Reviewed 1 week ago
Angela C
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  • Excellent68%
  • Very good27%
  • Average4%
  • Poor1%
  • Terrible0%
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“farm animals” (6 reviews)
“poison oak” (5 reviews)
“along highway” (4 reviews)
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1401 Coast Rd, Santa Cruz, CA 95060-5601
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Reviewed 1 week ago

With miles of hiking and mountain bike trails extending from the cliffs along the ocean into the mountains above, Wilder Ranch is one of the premier recreational spots in Santa Cruz.

Thank Stevej95060
Reviewed 1 week ago

Have gone here several times. Hiking, picnics, biking. The scenery is spectacular! I also attended a child's birthday party here. We came across a bobcat right on the road to the farm house!

Thank Angela C
Reviewed 4 weeks ago

Wonderful hiking area. The farm demonstrates life in the 1800's. There is a blacksmith, draft horses , sometime candle making . Good spot for family outing,. The beach is a bit of a hike but worth it. If you don't want to climb back up...More

Thank Barbra B
Reviewed 23 July 2017

Entrance Fee was $10 per car if drive up, but there is roadside parking for free but will need to walk a good distance to get to the trails. There are different length trails available and bathroom facility by the paid parking lot. From there...More

2  Thank Besos43
Reviewed 19 July 2017 via mobile

We had a beautiful walk. We stopped at the restrooms by the parking lot. They were clean, but if you want to wash your hands, go in the handicapped bathroom. There are no sinks in the non handicapped restrooms. We took the trail to the...More

4  Thank MichelleManteca_CA
Reviewed 4 July 2017

I don't know what all of the good reviews are about, we went July 3 and it was awful. Restrooms closed down, had to use a porta potty down by the museum part, volunteers and employees everywhere, all attractions locked up. They said we could...More

1  Thank barbaraPasoRobles_CA
Reviewed 4 July 2017

My friend suggested to go to Wilder Ranch State Park for their old fashioned Independence day. The festival started at 11am so we tried to get there earlier because parking is limited. Since it's a state park, entrance fee is $10. You get tokens at...More

Thank swtpinay7
Reviewed 3 July 2017

This is a very popular bluff walk. It's fun to go down on the beach and explore the caves. You will see quite a lot of wildlife most days.

Thank Ann T
Reviewed 1 July 2017

Really enjoyed the walk by the sea. Like Point Lobos a lot in Carmel but liked this state park even better. The parking fee of $10 also covers Henry Cowell Redwoods park and Natural Bridges if you go to all 3 in the same day,...More

Thank Rebecca H
Reviewed 10 June 2017

We were driving to Wilder Ranch State Park and noted an entrance off the highway that had a small parking area (where two lines of cars could park-all parallel). We chose to take it and followed some surfers down to the beach area (about a...More

1  Thank Melissa L
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Connie G
30 April 2017|
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Response from Valerie H | Reviewed this property |
parking is 10 dollars and it is important to arrive before 10am, preferably by 9 on weekends as the park is very popular and the parking is limited to one lot. People do ride horses on the trail but I am not sure of how to... More
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Jules6281
14 August 2016|
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Response from Leslie F | Reviewed this property |
We took the walk to the fern grotto and as I remember there really didn't appear to be anyplace to walk along the beach let alone ride horses. It is a very rocky coastline, at the bottom of a cliff mostly.
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Lisa K
16 October 2015|
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Response from pamelamR4732JY | Reviewed this property |
Wilder State Park is day use only. There is a camp for equestrians which is part of Wilder located just a bit north on the Eastern side of the hiway. It is for horse campers only. You can get information on the State Park... More
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