Activities at Quail Hollow




Interpretive Programs & Classes

Are you interested in learning more about the area's natural and cultural resources? Weekends and occasional Friday evenings are the times for the general public to enjoy interpretive programs at Quail Hollow Ranch. Topics range from stargazing, sandhills hikes, journaling, snake handling, and birding, to art classes, house tours, fiber arts demonstrations and history tours. Many programs are free or low-cost, and are offered to a variety of ages. Click here for the QHR September - November brochure, or click here for the Parks brochure (see pages 38 - 41) listing upcoming activities, times, dates and fees, or ...

Park Calendar


Enjoy over 5 miles of easy to moderate trails (to protect precious wildlife, no dogs on trails).  The trailhead is located just a hundred feet east of the visitor center (the opposite side of the center from the parking lot) near the old/collapsed blacksmith shed.  From there, you can take the easy 1-mile Discovery or shaded Italian/Chaparral loop trails, or the moderate 3-mile Woodrat/Sunset/Chaparral loop.  The Woodrat trail, with a lovely viewpoint in only .5 mile, is a hiker-only trail, while the others are shared by hikers and equestrians.  Interested in wildflowers?  Woodrat trail is your best bet in the spring and early summer. Click here for a description of each trail.

Quail Hollow Ranch Trail Map

Educational Birthday Parties

Are you looking for something new and different to do for your child's birthday? Try our unique and entertaining educational birthday parties for children ages 5 to 11. Groups of up to 15 children can learn about science, nature, or history while celebrating their birthday. Bring the food and beverages, presents, goodie bags, and the kids – we'll do the rest! Choose from nine themes. For specific party themes see the Birthday Parties brochure. The cost is $160 (resident) or $176 (non-resident) for a two-hour party. At least one adult must remain with the group. Call the park at least two weeks in advance at 831-335-9348 to sign up.

Field Trips

If you are looking for a way to deepen your students’ connection to science and nature, check out our five-lesson sequence, which is based on the 5 E Instructional Model and aligned with NGSS. This sequence offers teachers two pre-field trip lessons, a guided field trip, and two post-field trip lessons. It was  developed in cooperation with the Santa Cruz County Office of Education Teacher Leadership Institute.  The new curriculum developed for Quail Hollow Ranch County Park uses an inquiry-based approach, adopted from the John Muir Laws Guide to Nature Journaling. It is aimed at fostering curiosity and heightening observation skills. Please see the Field Trip Brochure for more information and contact info. to sign up.  


Summer Day Camps - 2020

Summer Day Camps at Quail Hollow Ranch offer youth and teens a variety of summer camp experience, including science, nature adventure, backpacking, and even a Zombie camp. For an example of the KINDS of things you might see in 2020, see the June - Aug 2019 QHR brochure, or see page 31 of the County Parks Programs and Activities 2019, or call the park at 831-335-9348 Wednesday through Sunday, 9AM-4PM. 





Santa Cruz County Department of Parks, Open Space and Cultural Services
979 17th Avenue, Santa Cruz, CA 95062
General Information (Monday-Friday, 9:00 a.m. - 4:00 p.m.)
Phone: (831)