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Santa Cruz Mission State Historic Park

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(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, please call the park for further options.

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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.

Summer at the Mission
Favorite seasonal activities return, and new volunteer opportunities are on the schedule offering programs for all ages.

   OLD FASHIONED CAMPFIRES:
Once again we're hosting our popular family friendly evenings of food & music. See the Summer Activities Flyer for dates and details.

   JUNIOR RANGER PROGRAMS: A statewide program for 7 - 12 year olds. Become a Junior Ranger! Each week we explore an aspect of history through crafts and games. See the Summer Activities Flyer for details and topics.  

   SUMMER ARCHAEOLOGY PROJECT: Volunteers will receive formal lab training to process artifacts from a recent archaeological excavation. In collaboration with Santa Clara University. Go to Volunteer Opportunities for more information.

   THE GARDEN PROJECT: We need volunteers to help plant our demonstration garden, cultivate our fruit trees, and  nurture our new native plant beds.Go to Volunteer Opportunities for more information.

   Fiends of Santa Cruz State Parks SUMMER SERIES: First Friday art events, movies,  and more. Visit the Friends of Santa Cruz State Parks for more information (see link at right).

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. 

California Indian History: A Short Film
Click on the video link to see the 6 minute program "We are Still Here."  This short film addresses the often hidden story of the experience of the Ohlone people between the era of the Missions and today and is a valuable educational resource for those studying California mission history.  This video is also available on YouTube.

School Tours at the Santa Cruz Mission State Historic Park
The Santa Cruz Mission State Historic Park offers school group programs on Mondays, Thursdays, and Fridays during the school year.  Reservations will fill quickly, so please contact the park if you would like to schedule your classroom for a program. We'll be taking reservations for the 2015 - 2016 school year beginning June 8th. Call (831) 425-5849 for information and reservations.  Click on the link for Fieldtrip Information for a description of a Mission Day program.

4th Grade Mission Projects
The park offers many resources to support students studying the missions, and their families.
Tours and Events: Guided Adobe Tours and Living History Demonstrations are great opportunities for in depth study and hands-on experiences, or you can enjoy a Self-guided tour whenever the park is open.
Click on Events and Activities for more information.
 Literature: PIck up a copy of "Information about Mission Santa Cruz" at the Visitor Center, or call our office to have it sent to you by mail.
 Junior Ranger Activity Guide: Our self-guided booklet is a fun and thought-provoking way to explore the museum. Kids can earn a badge! (for 7 - 12 year olds.)
 Books, kits, cards and more: The ParkStore offers a variety of materials to extend your experience and assist with your project.  Visit the online store by clicking the Friends of Santa Cruz State Parks link at the right.

Private Events
Consider hosting your business or personal events at the park.  Perfect for a family reunion, wedding, or reception in our courtyard and patio.  Call Friends of Santa Cruz State Parks Events Manager Elizabeth Schilling at (831) 239-6012 for information.


 


Available Activities and Facilities at Santa Cruz Mission State Historic Park

DAY-USE ACTIVITIES & FACILITIES
Historical/Cultural Site
Picnic Areas
Env. Learning/Visitor Center
Exhibits and Programs
Guided Tours
Interpretive Exhibits
Museums
Family Programs
Geocaching
OTHER FACILITIES & VISITOR INFORMATION
Parking
Restrooms
Drinking Water Available