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Wilder Ranch State Park

1401 Coast Rd, Santa Cruz, CA 95060-5601
+1 831-423-9703
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Wilder as locals know it

The old Wilder Dairy family ranch made its way into the hands of local community as a sea fronting... read more

Reviewed 2 weeks ago
Capitola, California
Spectacular Coastline Views

A few years back, we rented a house just two miles south of this state park and never knew it... read more

Reviewed 3 weeks ago
Silver Spring, Maryland
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“farm animals” (7 reviews)
“fern grotto” (4 reviews)
“poison oak” (5 reviews)
1401 Coast Rd, Santa Cruz, CA 95060-5601
+1 831-423-9703
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Reviewed 2 weeks ago

The old Wilder Dairy family ranch made its way into the hands of local community as a sea fronting historic site with miles of trails inland of hwy 1 and two Victorian era homes of the glory days.

1  Thank RonCentralCA
Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

A few years back, we rented a house just two miles south of this state park and never knew it existed, but what a find! A 2-3 Mike trail winds its way along the cliff side. Magnificent, almost completely undeveloped views...pelicans, gulls, egrets, terns, sea...More

Thank jaseaton
Reviewed 28 November 2017

Wilder Ranch has something for everyone. A fairly gentle hike with wildflowers, birds, butterflies and other wildlife. And then at the end, amazing views of the bluffs with the ocean waves crashing below. You also have the ranch itself which has farm animals with a...More

Thank Maria S
Reviewed 26 November 2017 via mobile

It is $10 to park. There is an out house at the parking lot. There are 2 sides of trails here. You can hike/walk the ranch side trails, there are many. We have done that before and found it nothing special. Better foe bikes on...More

Thank fancypants2014
Reviewed 24 November 2017 via mobile

Black Friday hike! Trails are not clearly marked/identified to get to locations. Parts of trail is closed and must have a GPS to make sure you stay on the path. Farming paths can easily be mistaken for trail paths. No bathrooms available once you leave...More

Thank Kellfu
Reviewed 12 November 2017

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 9 November 2017

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 21 October 2017

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

1  Thank Barbra B
Reviewed 24 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
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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
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
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