8am to Sunset
Camping is not available at this park.
Burleigh H. Murray Ranch Park Property
COVID-19 Guidelines (February 16, 2022)
Protect yourself, family, friends and your community by following these prevention measures:
- Know Before You Go – Prior to leaving home, check the status of the park unit you want to visit to find out what restrictions and guidelines are in place. Have a back-up plan in case your destination is crowded. Stay home if you are sick
- Plan Ahead – Some restrooms will be temporarily closed to keep up with cleaning schedules. Bring soap/hand sanitizer.
- Play It Safe – Find out what precautions you should take when exploring the outdoors, especially if this is your first time visiting the State Park System. Learn more at parks.ca.gov/SafetyTips.
- Be COVID-19 Safe – State Parks continues to meet guidance from local and state public officials as COVID-19 is still present and still deadly. Effective March 1, 2022, state guidance recommends that all individuals, regardless of vaccine status, continue masking in indoor settings, such as museums and visitor centers. Universal masking remains required in specified high-risk settings. Please plan ahead as local county guidelines may differ from state guidance and visitors are urged to follow county guidelines when required. Read the latest COVID-19 guidance at COVID19.ca.gov.
- Leave No Trace – Leave areas better than how you found them by staying on designated trails and packing out all trash. Do not disturb wildlife or plants.
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.
Burleigh 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.
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.