Wilder Ranch State Park 4.7 miles – 12 minutes drive

At Wilder Ranch State Historic Park, located on the coast just north of Santa Cruz, you get the feeling that not one stone has gone unpreserved. The Brussels sprouts fields are in an agricultural preserve, the former Wilder Ranch is in a cultural preserve, and Wilder Beach is now a natural preserve for the benefit of nesting snowy plovers. All these preserves are found within Wilder Ranch State Historic Park, which in turn preserves some 4,000 acres of beach, bluffs, and inland canyons.