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Wilder Ranch State Park

1401 Coast Rd, Santa Cruz, CA
+1 831-423-9703
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A beautiful Beach Park... take first entrance for a spectacular beach experience

We were driving to Wilder Ranch State Park and noted an entrance off the highway that had a small... read more

Reviewed 2 weeks ago
Melissa L
Tampa, Florida, United States
WE & Mimi

Great all day place to explore, watch the ocean, see the waves, ride bikes , sit on a bench and... read more

Reviewed 4 May 2017
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1401 Coast Rd, Santa Cruz, CA
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Reviewed 2 weeks ago

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

Thank Melissa L
Reviewed 4 May 2017 via mobile

Great all day place to explore, watch the ocean, see the waves, ride bikes , sit on a bench and Ponder. beautiful views!! pack a lunch. Discover some California History and first Families.

1  Thank SyvieGi
Reviewed 29 April 2017 via mobile

Great place for a hike or a casual stroll. Beautiful views and nature to enjoy. Your daily parking pass is good at any of the other state parks for that day. After we visited here, we scooted up to Henry Cowell to see the Redwoods.

Thank Cathrab28
Reviewed 28 April 2017

This site is impressive for its natural beauty. I found myself just staring at the hills, the green distance. While being entranced you can walk around the stable, carpenter shop, and see an old adobe.

Thank barbgal
Reviewed 12 April 2017

We hiked around the cliff trail and saw a whale spout and dive off the coast, then watched the Harbor seals play on the rocks. Beautiful wildflowers and and easy 2 mile trail.

Thank Valerie H
Reviewed 11 April 2017

We went here as a family and walked the grounds. There are mini tours offered by docents that provides the history behind Wilder Ranch. You can also tour the grounds on your own as there are placards the explain the exhibits. Its a great spot...More

1  Thank ms mama l
Reviewed 6 April 2017 via mobile

Gorgeous time of year to get a good walk in at this beautiful reserve. Flowers blooming, fantastic picture taking views if the ocean. There were quite a few people here on a Saturday afternoon. You can park in a parking lot and use the restroom...More

Thank Jane S
Reviewed 18 March 2017

We spent around three hours walking along the coast. The trail was nice and flat with people biking. The view was beautiful for sure, with lots of wild flowers right by the trail and sea birds flying nearby. The most fun scene we saw was...More

Thank Yu Z
Reviewed 3 March 2017

What could be better than biking along the coast, stopping for the views, having a picnic, observing creatures, watching surfers...? In the top two all-time favorite beaches to bike tied with Aitutaki, Cook Islands.

Thank love i
Reviewed 18 February 2017

a little outside santa cruz, this is a very quiet park with a delightful trail with wonderful ocean views.

Thank jbplevy
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Connie G
How much does it cost to get in? Or do u just pay for parking??
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
My husband and I read somewhere that you can rent horses to ride along the beach. I would like any information you might have on horseback riding.
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.
Lisa K
Can we park overnight at this location?
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