There's plenty of room at Wilder Ranch State Park to explore—the park has 34 miles of hiking, biking, and horse trails.

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Expert Review of Wilder Ranch State Park

Parks and Outdoors Review of Wilder Ranch State Park

Away Travel Expert: Ann Marie Brown
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ParksExpert Rating 5.0 out of 5 Recommended for:
Birding,Horseback Riding
Parks and OutdoorsExpert Tips & Helpful Hints
  • Wilder Ranch State Park is 7,000 acres of coastal paradise for mountain bikers, hikers, equestrians, birders, and coast-lovers. While most bicyclists pedal the park's inland hills and valleys on the east side of Highway 1, hikers and birders usually stick to the coast side, lined with agricultural fields, wetlands, and wave-cut marine terraces that tower over the crashing surf.
  • The 2.5-mile Old Landing Cove Trail travels the length of Wilder's bluff tops, passing by a seal rookery, sandy coves, and a hidden fern grotto. Harriers, hawks, and other birds of prey can be seen hunting in the fields. Pelicans soar a few feet over the ocean's surface.
  • Wilder Beach is a critical habitat for the endangered snowy plover and is off-limits to hiking.

North of Santa Cruz on Hwy. 1
1401 Old Coast Rd.
Santa Cruz, California 95060
Parking: 8 a.m. to sunset

Visitor Information

Telephone Number: 831-423-9703
The details, dates, and prices mentioned here were accurate at the time of publication.

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