Wilder Ranch State Park is a California State Park on the Pacific coast north of Santa Cruz, California. The park was formerly a dairy ranch, established in the late 19th century by the Wilder family and operated until 1969. Historic buildings include an 18th century adobe, the 1897 Victorian farm house and other structures. Many of these have been restored for use as a museum.
Wilder Ranch State Park has 34 miles of hiking, biking and equestrian trails winding through coastal terraces and valleys. Several restored buildings once belonging to the Wilder family are preserved. The park has tours and living history demonstrations to help visitors explore the history of early ranchers and farmers along the Central Coast. The site was originally the main rancho supplying Santa Cruz Mission. It later became a successful and innovative dairy ranch. Surrounding grounds include Victorian homes, gardens, and historic adobe.
Things To Do:
- Horseback Riding
- Hiking Trails
- Horseback Trails
- Bike Trails
- Nature Trails
- Picnic Areas
8am – Sunset
GPS Info. (Latitude, Longitude):
The park is north of Santa Cruz, immediately west of Highway One, approximately 1.8 miles past the Western Drive stoplight.