Santa Cruz Mission State Historic Park
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This Park Has Been Saved from closure for the next three years. Read the News – click here.
Santa Cruz Mission State Historic Park is Your State Park Downtown. Click here for a map of downtown Santa Cruz and the Santa Cruz Mission Adobe
The adobe structure is constructed from bricks, made primarily from mud and straw, and stands as a reminder of the past. The Santa Cruz Mission was established in 1791 and built between the years of 1822 and 1824, mostly by the hard work of Native Americans in what was then known as “Alta California.” These Native Americans were the main residents in what is now Santa Cruz County’s oldest building. The lovely, single-story adobe has been restored to its original appearance.
Take Hwy 1 north to its intersection with Mission Street and turn left. Turn left on Emmet Street next to Mission Plaza and right on School Street.
Camping not available
All museum rooms
Native plant display areas
Living history activities
Layered clothing is recommended due to changing weather conditions.
Restrooms and picnic areas
Food, lodging and supplies nearby
School programs (for reservations call 831-425-5849)
Storytelling (call for times and dates)