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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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Upcoming Park Events

No events scheduled at this moment.


25th Anniversary Events & Activities

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.

Thursday, September 15 from 6:30 pm to 8:30 pm - The Santa Cruz Mission: Indigenous Experience, Then and Now
Martin Rizzo – Indigenous Survival and Perseverance
Val Lopez – Amah Mutsun Land Stewardship & Collaboration with CA State Parks

Thursday, October 20 from 6:30 pm to 8:30 pm - The Santa Cruz Mission: Finding the Story in the Archaeology, Then and Now
Karen Hildebrand – Years of Exploration: What Archeology has Given Us
Linda Hylkema – Summer Archaeology Project: A collaboration of the Santa Cruz Mission SHP & Santa Clara University

Thursday, November 17 from 6:30 pm to 8:30 pm - The Santa Cruz Mission: Saving Our Oldest Building, Then and Now
Cynthia Mathews – A Grass-Roots Movement to Save Local History
Gil Sanchez, Daryl Allen – Deconstructing the Building to Reconstruct the Story

For a complete list of events & activities, please click here.

Welcome to the Santa Cruz Mission

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.

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

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