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The parks and their programs give us all the chance to experience the outdoors and all that lives there.

Old-Fashioned Independence Day

Wilder Ranch State Park
11 am to 4 pm

Visit Wilder Ranch’s historic cultural preserve and take a step back in time 100 years ago as you participate in an early 1900s-style Independence Day celebration including a noon family parade, games,  children’s crafts area, live big-band music, living history demonstrations, historic speeches and flag-raising. Food and drink available for sale, or bring a picnic lunch. The park is located two miles north of Santa Cruz on the coast side of Highway 1 at 1401 Coast Road Santa Cruz, CA 95060. This event is appropriate for all ages. Day-use parking fee is $10. More information is available at (831)426-0505. The event is held on the grounds of the Wilder Ranch Cultural Preserve.


Want to go backpacking
in our local State Parks?

Wish you could do it with an expert guide from California State Parks? Good news! Visit our Guided Backpacking Tours page today to sign up for a slot on one of two upcoming tours. Space is extremely limited!


Chefs, Artists and Sponsors needed
for 2015 Mole & Mariachi Festival

We are now accepting applications for mole chefs, local artists and food vendors who would like to participate in the third annual Mole & Mariachi Festival, Sept. 19, 2015 at the Santa Cruz Mission Adobe State Historic Park.

Sponsorship opportunities also are available. Visit the Mole & Mariachi page for more information, including how to contact us and how to apply.

Upcoming Events

Saturday, July 4th

Old-fashioned Independence Day

Wilder Ranch State Park

11:00 am to 4:00 pm

Saturday, July 4th

Guided Adobe Tour

Santa Cruz Mission State Historic Park

1-2 p.m.

Saturday, July 4th

Summer Concert Series: Watsonville Taiko Drum Group

New Brighton State Beach

7:30-8:30 p.m.