Santa Cruz Mission State Historic Park
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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.
Open 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Monday and Thursday through Saturday, and 12-4 p.m. Sunday.
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.
- Restrooms and picnic areas
- Food, lodging and supplies nearby
- Visitor center
- Historic site
Calling all archaeology enthusiasts for the Mission Santa Cruz Summer Archaeology Project, 10 a.m. to 2 p.m., Mondays, June 23 to Aug. 17!
Come join Santa Clara University in partnership with CA State Parks in gaining hands on experience in handling and identifying a variety of artifact types. Volunteers are needed to sort and process artifacts from the recent extensive 2 year archaeological excavation at the Mission Santa Clara, conducted by Santa Clara University. Volunteers will receive formal lab training and will gain a clear understanding of California Mission life, based upon this latest research. Lab work will occur at the Santa Cruz Mission State Historic Park. Special lectures and field trip opportunities will be available. This opportunity will be in two 4 week sessions, plus one field trip. For more information, contact Julie Sidel with the Mission Santa Cruz State Historic Park 425-5849, or Linda Hylkema with Santa Clara University 408-554-4513; firstname.lastname@example.org.
- Guided tours
- School programs (for reservations call 831-425-5849)
- Hands-on activities
- Living history
- Storytelling (call for times and dates)
- All museum rooms
- ParkStore/Visitor Center
- Garden patio
- Native plant display areas
- Educational programs
- Living history activities
- Picnic tables
- Learn more in the Hilltromper Wheelchair-Friendly Trails Guide
Layered clothing is recommended due to changing weather conditions.
Camping not available.