Santa Cruz Mountains


Find Adventure in the Santa Cruz Mountains

The Santa Cruz Mountains are a majestic natural playground where you can relax, play, or map out an epic adventure. Like California itself, the mountains span a region as diverse as it is beautiful, with cool, moist ecosystems in the valleys and warm, dry chaparral at higher elevations. Hike California’s oldest state park, Big Basin Redwoods State Park, criss-crossed with over 80 miles of trails winding through old growth redwood forests, lush canyons, and cascading waterfalls. Mountain bike the Skyline to the Sea Trail, which winds 38 miles from Castle Rock State Park through Big Basin to the Pacific Ocean. Pitch your tent deep in the backcountry and disappear into the wild for a week. Or savor the unique character of the Santa Cruz soil through the splendid Pinot Noirs, Chardonnays, Merlots, and Cabernets produced by any of the charming Northern California wineries that dot the region.

Enjoy Splendid Northern California Wineries, Mountain Trails, And Backcountry Camping In The Santa Cruz Mountains

Chart your own unforgettable adventure through the Santa Cruz Mountains.

Hiking:  Deep canyons dense with ancient redwoods yield to sun baked ridges with distant Pacific views, finally coming to a breathtaking close at one of California’s most pristine beaches.  To investigate some of the best trails in the area, start here with information from our friends at

Mountain Biking:  Bikers of all skill levels will be thrilled with the rolling landscape of trails and fire roads snaking through redwood forests, oceanside grasslands, and knife-ridge coastal bluffs.  Discover the trail that’s right for you, put on your helmet, and enjoy the ride.

Fabulous, Flavorful, and Full-Bodied!


Now that caught your attention, didn’t it?  To be clear, we’re referencing the over 70 enchanting wineries and vineyards in the region.  It’s not all sand and surf, it’s also home to some of the country’s most beautiful wineries and vineyards. The dramatic Santa Cruz Mountains region has a geography and climate so distinct that it merits its own appellation. During your Santa Cruz wine tasting adventure, you’ll find the scenery as spectacular as the award-winning hand-crafted wines you’ll sample along the way. So embark on a fabulous, flavorful, and full-bodied Bay Area wine tasting tour of the over 70 enchanting wineries and vineyards located throughout Half Moon Bay.

Don’t start planning any wine tasting adventure without browsing the Santa Cruz Mountain Wine Growers Association for important tips – including information on every vineyard and winery in the region.  Of course, don’t forget our wineries listings found above.

Height of Loma Prieta Mountain, the highest point in the Santa Cruz Mountains

Number of miles in the Waterfall Loop hike at Big Basin State Park

Number of acres planted with wine grape varietals in the region

the year the Santa Cruz Mountain region was legally defined as an American Viticultural Area