active construction site; only open during scheduled events
Rancho San Andrés Castro Adobe Park Property
Beginnings at Our Adobe
Saturday, January 21 from 11 am to 3 pm
As your family begins a new year, please join us as we imagine the Castros’ experience as one of the first Spanish families to make their home in California. Warm up with some traditional hot chocolate from our cocina and keep out of the cold in the comfort of our adobe, where we will share the stories of this pioneering family and our pioneering park. When we finally open for regular days and hours, you can say you were there before our official beginning as the Pájaro Valley’s own state historic park!
Free admission (donations gratefully accepted). Limited parking (carpooling encouraged). Active construction site, open only during scheduled events like this.
Event made possible by Friends of Santa Cruz State Parks, California State Parks volunteers, and California State Parks.
February Open House
Romance on the Rancho
Saturday, February 11 from 11 am to 3 pm
Life in California before the Gold Rush wasn’t all-Zorro, all-the-time, but it did have its share of romantic charm and excitement. Step into the Pájaro Valley’s past with this sneak peek into our future state park. Bring your sweetheart, or meet somebody over traditional hot chocolate in our Mexican-era adobe’s restored kitchen; we’ll provide the fire, you bring the "spark." Who knows what may blossom while you stroll through our historic garden and orchard? If the close relationship between California State Parks and Friends of Santa Cruz State Parks can bring this jewel from our rancho past back to life, anything’s possible with a bit of love!
Free admission (donations gratefully accepted). Limited parking (carpooling encouraged). Active construction site, open only during scheduled events like this. Event made possible by Friends of Santa Cruz State Parks and California State Parks.
The Castro Adobe is currently offering free 2.5 hour tours to supplement teaching of 3rd grade (local history) and 4th grade (California history) content standards. (K-college can be accomodated for tours by request.)
To set up your class visit, please contact Interpretive Naturalist Joseph Carr Ritchie at Joseph.Ritchie@parks.ca.gov (preferred) or (831) 226-9669.
Click here for a teacher's guide.
Upcoming Open House Dates
Saturday March 18, 2017
Saturday April 22, 2017
Saturday May 13, 2017
Saturday June 17, 2017
Saturday July 22, 2017
Saturday August 19, 2017
Saturday September 16, 2017
Saturday October 14, 2017
Saturday November 18, 2017
Saturday December 9, 2017
Available Activities and Facilities at Rancho San Andrés Castro Adobe Park Property
Exhibits and Programs