Rancho San Andrés Castro Adobe Park Property

This park unit is partially open. Please take the time to read the information contained on this webpage to find out what is open and closed, and what COVID-19 guidelines are in place. - (November 23, 2021)

This park is currently an active construction site, and is open only during scheduled special events or appointment.

Phone Number

(831) 226-9669

Park Hours

Closed to the public at this time, except by special event or appointment.

Dogs Allowed?


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Historical/Cultural Site
Exhibits and Programs
Guided Tours

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Come join us for a guided walk at Rancho San Andres Castro Adobe State Historic Park in Watsonville on Saturday, June 18th from 11:00 am to 4:00 pm.

Accompanied by State Parks interpreters and docents, you will stroll back in time to the Mexican Rancho period of the mid-1800s.  That’s when the two-story Castro Adobe hacienda was built on the 9,000-acre rancho granted to Jose Joaquin Castro and became one of the social centers of the Central California Coast. 

See displays and hear of the Vaquero culture and skills. Learn about the cattle, horses, and sheep that ranged wild on the mostly unfenced grasslands of Rancho San Andres. 

Experience the Fandango room where music and dance were enjoyed frequently.  Visit one of the last remaining indoor cocinas in California and hear about the bear and bull fights.   

These guided tours require pre-registration at:  www.SantaCruzStateParks.as.me/CastroAdobeOpenHouse        

Limited parking; carpooling encouraged. 

Old Adobe Road is a one lane road, so please be considerate of our neighbors, drive slowly and pull over to let oncoming traffic pass.  Thank you.


Doors Open California 2022 LogoDoors Open California at the Castro Adobe
Saturday, June 11 from 10 am to 4 pm

The Castro Adobe is one of more than 75 unique and fascinating historic places in all corners of the state being highlighted during the first-ever Doors Open California weekend! Our special tours will include all of the interior rooms of the two-story adobe, including the famous fandango room where celebrations were held, one of the very few remaining indoor cocinas in California, and a tour of the gardens. We will discuss the ongoing restoration and the creation of 2,400 adobe bricks that made it possible. Additionally, the tours will cover the history of the Castro family and the vaqueros who worked the rancho and background on the rancho period when the Castro Adobe was built. Pre-registration for each participant is required at www.californiapreservation.org/doca. $20 flat rate per person for access to all Doors Open California events. Masks requested indoors. Active construction site, open only during scheduled events. Limited parking; carpooling encouraged. For more information, call (831) 226-9669. Event made possible by California Preservation Foundation, Friends of Santa Cruz State Parks, and California State Parks.

Visiting the Castro Adobe

Castro Adobe SP Photo 2Located in the Pájaro Valley, the two-story Rancho San Andrés Castro Adobe is a historic rancho hacienda that was built between 1848-49.

Funding for the restoration of the Castro Adobe is provided by Friends of Santa Cruz State ParksVisit their website to support this project.



The Castro Adobe will be offering free one hour virtual education programs to supplement teaching of 3rd grade (local history) and 4th grade (California history) content standards. 

Review our Teacher's page for more information and education resources connected to the Castro Adobe.


Kids2Parks is an innovative park-equity program to bring students from Title I schools to State Park field trips. The program, a partnership between California State Parks and Friends of Santa Cruz State Parks, increases the number of students who have visited a state park or beach by reducing barriers to access. The program offers transportation funding for field trips to select Title I schools in Santa Cruz, San Mateo, and Santa Clara counties. For more information, and to apply please visit www.thatsmypark.org/visit/k2p/.



Land Acknowledgement

Rancho San Andres Castro Adobe State Historic Property sits on the homelands of the Awaswas speaking Aptos tribe. Their descendants continue their stewardship and presence here, in partnership with State Parks.  We would like to recognize the indigenous people past and present, and give our appreciation for the opportunity to teach, work, live, learn, and steward on their traditional homelands.