Burleigh H. Murray Ranch Park Property

Phone Number

(650) 726-8819

Park Hours

8am to Sunset
Camping is not available at this park.

Dogs Allowed?

Yes
Dogs are allowed on a 6 foot leash on the service road only.

Driving Directions to Burleigh H. Murray Ranch

The park is on the San Mateo Coast near Half Moon Bay, just over a mile south of the intersection of Highways 1 and 92.
Turn east off Highway 1 onto Higgins-Purisima Road. Proceed just over one-and-a-half miles to the park. A small graveled parking area is set aside for visitors just inside the park gate.

Online reservations are not available for this park.

Upcoming Park Events

No events scheduled at this moment.

TRAIL USE
Hiking Trails
Horseback Riding
DAY-USE ACTIVITIES & FACILITIES
Historical/Cultural Site
Picnic Areas
Interpretive Exhibits
Vista Point
Nature & Wildlife Viewing
Geocaching
OTHER FACILITIES & VISITOR INFORMATION
Parking
Restrooms

Guided hikes and other in-person park programs have resumed in Santa Cruz-area State Parks! Pre-registration is required. Visit www.santacruzstateparks.as.me to see the schedule and make reservations.

Visiting Burleigh H. Murray Ranch

Purchased by the State of California in 1983, this historic ranch property is hidden in a pristine valley south of Half Moon Bay. The area offers solitude, as well as groves of mature eucalyptus and a rich assortment of wildlife. With the addition of Rancho Raymundo, the park property extends from Higgins Purisima Road up to Skyline Boulevard.

Park equipment imageBurleigh H. Murray, for whom the acquisition is named, was born on the ranch July 19, 1865. His father, who founded the ranch, came to California from Vermont in 1852 following the cry of gold. He worked in the mines near Auburn in Placer County until 1857 when he settled at the present Murray Ranch with some sheep and cattle and began a successful dairy farm.

The Mills Barn and surrounding outbuildings are maintained in a condition of arrested decay. Mills Barn hugs the hill beside perennial Mills Creek. This historic structure dates back to the late 1800s.

Originally 200 feet in length and capable of housing 100 dairy cows, the Mills Barn is one of two known examples of a bank barn in California. Bank barns are named based on their construction, typically built into the side of a hill or a bank which allows the two-story structure to be accessed via the bank. The foundation of the barn and other buildings, including an unreinforced arched stone bridge, rely on Italian masonry techniques dating back to Roman times.



Park building side image

Hiking

The current trail follows the old ranch roach winding its way alongside Mills Creek for about one mile up to a 1930s bungalow.

At this point, the trail veers off the road and bends down to cross the creek allowing visitors to look back in time while viewing the Mills Barn and surrounding outbuildings.

 

Basic Park Information

WATER is NOT available in the park.

DOGS are permitted on the service road only and must be controlled with a leash of no more than six feet at all times.

FIRES are not allowed.

FIREWORKS are prohibited.

DRONES are not allowed in the park. To protect wildlife and cultural resources, and for the safety and welfare of visitors and staff, the park is closed to the use of Model Aircraft, Unmanned Aircraft Systems (UAS), and Gliders in flight.

CAMPING
is not available at this park. Nearby state park campgrounds include Half Moon Bay State Beach and Butano State Park.

PERMITS are required for all events and weddings. A photography permit is required for all commercial photography.