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Santa Cruz Mission State Historic Park

Phone Number

(831) 425-5849

Park Hours

Call the park to confirm
Monday, Thursday - Saturday
from 10 am - 4 pm
Sunday 12 pm - 4 pm
Open: Thur. Dec. 22 - Sun. Dec. 24
Closed: Christmas, Monday, Dec. 25

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.

Online reservations are not available for this park.

Calling all Archaeology Enthusiasts..

Summer Archaeology Project

Mondays from June 25 through August 27 from 10 am to 2 pm
Join Santa Clara University in partnership with California State Parks in gaining hands on experience in treatment and identifying archaeological artifacts. Volunteers are needed to sort and process artifacts from the 2-year archaeological excavation at the Mission Santa Clara, conducted by Santa Clara University. Volunteers will receive formal lab training and will gain a clear understanding of California Mission life, based upon this latest research. Lab work will occur at the Santa Cruz Mission State Historic Park. For more information, contact Julie Sidel with the Mission Santa Cruz State Historic Park (831) 425-5849 or email For more information, Click on our Volunteer Opportunities page!

Visiting 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.


Summer Events

Summers at the Santa Cruz Mission SHP feature free activities for Families and Children!

Old Fashioned Campfires: Invite friends and create community at these relaxed family friendly gatherings. Live music, hand-made tortillas, and campfire magic. Featured Bands include Robby and Friends, Peter Weiss and the Earth Rangers, and Mosaic. Click here for our next event

Junior Rangers: a statewide program for 7 - 12 year olds. We offer a different prgram every week. Historic games, crafts, and cooking are among the hands-on activites for this summer's programs. Click here for more details.

Living History Demonstrations, Drop-In Crafts, and Guided Tours:  for more information on summer offerings click on the Summer at the Santa Cruz Mission sidebar.

Click here for a downloadable brochure of summer activities at the Santa Cruz Mission.


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