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Travel through time and explore the many walks available

Wilder Ranch offers a trip to the past, especially when they have their old-time days and all the... read more

Reviewed 6 days ago
Santa Cruz, California
Beautiful Coastal Hike

Lots of people hike or bike the trail running from the farm's parking area along the cliffs... read more

Reviewed 3 weeks ago
Silver Spring, Maryland
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1401 Coast Rd, Santa Cruz, CA 95060-5601
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Reviewed 6 days ago

Wilder Ranch offers a trip to the past, especially when they have their old-time days and all the workshops are open as well as the main house. There are many trails to explore. My favorite is the bluff trail. It can be quite blustery, so...More

Date of experience: January 2019
1  Thank Radrap
Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

Lots of people hike or bike the trail running from the farm's parking area along the cliffs. Sweeping, panoramic views of the Pacific; shore birds galore; glorious vistas. We never tire of this place.

Date of experience: January 2019
Thank jaseaton
Reviewed 7 November 2018

When I first visited this ranch, I wasn't sure what to expect. Once I saw the beautiful ocean view, I was hooked! I didn't even realize we had hiked 4 miles when we were done cause I was so busy admiring the beautiful scenery in...More

Date of experience: June 2018
1  Thank kdcarroll2003
Reviewed 24 October 2018

To be fair, I should have researched this place before we cycled there to understand it's largely a disused farm in the middle of nowhere. It felt really spooky with disused outbuildings and dilapidated buildings. There are trails and cycle routes from here which we...More

Date of experience: September 2018
Thank CathySiz
Reviewed 19 October 2018

This place has some amazing bike trails. It literally has a little bit of everything for everyone. That being said these trails are, in my opinion, not for beginners. I'm an intermediate mountain biker and there are some serious climbs and downhills. Serious enough that...More

Date of experience: September 2018
Thank Dinorah V
Reviewed 18 October 2018

The setting and the ranch are absolutely picturesque. You can see the old agricultural ways come to life here. It is fabulously well curated and taken care of. What left the strongest impression on me was the woodshop. An eye-opening experience seeing how things were...More

Date of experience: August 2018
Thank jeremysarchet
Reviewed 16 October 2018

We took advantage of our all-day state park pass to visit Wilder Ranch after spending the day at Natural Bridges. We took a short hike out to the ocean, maybe 3/4 mile, and enjoyed the spectacular views. There's easy parking, convenient rest rooms, and lots...More

Date of experience: October 2018
1  Thank Laurie H
Reviewed 4 October 2018

Wilder Ranch State Park at 1401 Coast Rd, Santa Cruz has Good mountain Trails - Beautiful Views - Ocean Bluff Trails - some large oak trees. Some beautiful madrones etc.

Date of experience: September 2018
1  Thank AptosAmy
Reviewed 3 October 2018

Great old farm equipment. Mountain biking trails, safe and scenic along the coast, steep and technical up the mountain.

Date of experience: March 2018
Thank Jack C
Reviewed 3 October 2018

This park has celebrations that are family friendly. Every day activities include hiking with great views, farm animals, and a great glimpse of bygone farm days.

Date of experience: July 2018
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Connie G
1 May 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
Julie K
15 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