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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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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.

Honoring The Storytellers

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. 

Go to Events and Activities to find out about upcoming events.

Student Mission Project Showcase

Mission history is a complex and challenging subject to teach 4th grade students. We want to honor the efforts of our region's teachers, and the hard work of students in meeting this challenge with deep history, multiple perspectives, and critical thinking skills. To this end we are hosting the first -ever

"Student Mission Project Showcase: Beyond Adobe Bricks"
Saturday, May 21st, from 12:00 - 3:00 pm.


This will be a wonderful time to visit the park and learn about Mission studies from the students. Families can also take a tour of the mission adobe, participate in a hands-on archeology project, and make a tortilla on our outdoor comal. The Amah KaTura Dancers will share California Indian Culture through songs, stories, and dance.

For more information, click on Events and Activities



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. 

School Tours at the Santa Cruz Mission State Historic Park
The Santa Cruz Mission State Historic Park offers school group programs on Mondays, Thursdays, and Fridays during the school year.  Reservations will fill quickly, so please contact the park if you would like to schedule your classroom for a program. We are currently taking reservations for the 2015 - 2016 school year. Call (831) 425-5849 for information and reservations.  Click on the link for Fieldtrip Information for a description of a Mission Day program.

Private Events
Consider hosting your business or personal events at the park.  Perfect for a family reunion, wedding, or reception in our courtyard and patio.  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