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Santa Cruz Mission State Historic Park

Contact Information

(831) 425-5849

Park Hours

Call the park to confirm
Monday, Thursday, Friday, Saturday from 10:00 am - 4:00 pm
Sunday 12:00 - 4:00 pm

Driving Directions to Santa Cruz Mission SHP

The historic park is in downtown Santa Cruz; take Mission Street to Mission Plaza. The adobe is located one block off the plaza on School Street.

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Camping and Lodging

Online reservations are not available for this park.

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The Santa Cruz Mission State Historic Park sits atop Mission Hill offering a patio, gardens, and excellent views of the city.  The park features the only building left of the 12th California Mission, Misión la Exaltacion de la Santa Cruz, founded by the Franciscans in 1791.  Restored to its original appearance, the austere single-story adobe was once housing for the California Indian residents of the Mission.  Exhibits inside tell the story of the mission through the lens of the experience of the Ohlone and Yokuts people.

Honoring The Storytellers

It has been 25 years since the Santa Cruz Mission State Historic Park opened its gates. A series of events throughout the year will commemorate the 25th anniversary, and honor those who have made efforts to continue to tell the stories of the people of the mission. 

Friday, August 5, 5-8pm
First Friday Art Event featuring Indigenous Baskets & Art Pieces

Saturday, August 6, 9:30am -12pm
Hike the Historic Mission Waterway

Go to Events and Activities to find out about these upcoming events.

Free Summer Activities

Junior Rangers
Thursdays from 11 am to 12:15 pm

Every week we explore a different topic in the history of the Santa Cruz  through games and crafts. Click here for a complete list of this summer's programs.

Junior Rangers gather at more than 70 California State Parks, from the redwood region, to the high Sierra, to the sunny southern California beaches. At your first program you will receive a logbook and badge. For each activity you will earn a stamp in your logbook, and as you go through the program you can earn prizes.

Old Fashioned Campfires
Friday, July 22 from 5:30 pm to 8 pm
Friday, August 19 from 5:30 pm to 8 pm
Join us for an evening of stories and songs under the twilight sky. Bring a picnic dinner, lawn chairs or blankets, and tortilla toppings to share! From 5:30 pm to 6:45 pm will be dinner, live music, and tortilla making on the comal. 6:45 pm to 8 pm will be storytelling and songs around the fire.

Living History Demonstrations & More
Saturdays at 1 pm

Join us for a living history program, guided tour, or drop-in craft.

Click here for a downloadable flier of all of our Free Summer Activities.

Go to our Events and Activities Page for more programs!

School Tours

The Santa Cruz Mission State Historic Park offers school group programs on Mondays, Thursdays, and Fridays during the school year.  We are currently taking reservations for the 2016 - 2017 school year. Reservations will fill quickly, so please contact the park if you would like to schedule your classroom for a program.  Call (831) 425-5849 for information and reservations. Click here for a more information on school fieldtrips and a description of a Mission Day program.

Mission Exhibits

This portion of the adobe, built in the early 1800’s, is the only surviving building from Mission Santa Cruz. Archeological excavations in the 1980’s revealed that this had been Indian family housing, the only example of its kind still standing in California today.  The story of the Ohlone and Yokuts Indian experience at the Santa Cruz Mission is depicted through exhibits and a wall-sized movie projection.  These are featured on guided tours, and may also be viewed at leisure on self-guided tours.  The 7-room building also includes information about Ohlone lifeways prior to European contact, archeological excavations and Rodriguez and Neary family histories. 

Private Events

Consider hosting your business or personal events at the park.  Our courtyard and patio may be the perfect setting for your family reunion, small wedding, or reception.  Call Friends of Santa Cruz State Parks (831) 429-1840 for information.

Available Activities and Facilities at Santa Cruz Mission State Historic Park

Historical/Cultural Site
Picnic Areas
Env. Learning/Visitor Center
Exhibits and Programs
Guided Tours
Interpretive Exhibits
Family Programs
Drinking Water Available