Santa Cruz Mountains, CA

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The Santa Cruz Mountains, part of the Pacific Coast Ranges, are a mountain range in central and northern California, and are part of both Santa Clara County and Santa Cruz County. The Santa Cruz Mountains are largely the result of compressive uplift caused by a leftward bend of the San Andreas Fault.

It has a Mediterranean-type climate typical of most of California, with the majority of the annual precipitation falling between November and April. The Santa Cruz Mountains are now home to an abundance of parks and protected open spaces, notable among them is California's oldest state park: Big Basin Redwoods State Park. Many small towns and communities abound this tree-clad area and give a real rural mountain feel only minutes from Silicon Valley.

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The Santa Cruz Mountains stretch from San Francisco on the north to Watsonville and the Pajaro River on the south. The Santa Cruz Mountains Bioregion encompasses all that area that receives rainfall drainage off the mountain range. It is bordered by the Pacific Ocean and Monterey Bay on the west and San Francisco Bay and Santa Clara Valley on the east. It thus encompasses the entire San Francisco Peninsula and the northern half of the greater Monterey Bay area. See a more detailed map of the Bioregion here.

Tucked away in the heart of the mountains, Felton is a quaint town known for its historic charm, artsy vibe, and access to outdoor recreation areas such as Henry Cowell Redwoods State Park and Loch Lomond Recreation Area. Nestled along the banks of the San Lorenzo River, Boulder Creek offers a laid-back atmosphere and a strong sense of community, with hiking trails, parks, and local shops and cafes.

Positioned at the base of the mountains, Scotts Valley is a bustling suburban community with a range of amenities, including shopping centers, restaurants, and access to outdoor activities at nearby parks and preserves. Perched on the western edge of the range, the Los Gatos Mountains offer stunning views of the Santa Clara Valley and the Bay Area, with rural communities such as Lexington Hills and Chemeketa Park providing a peaceful retreat from city life.

What's it Like to Live in Santa Cruz Mountains?

"We love to ride our Goldwing through the Santa Cruz Mountains, smelling the fresh air of generations of redwoods, seeing the sun dapple through the leaves, wildflowers and local color on each side of the road. I come home refreshed and energized from the beauty of the nature." -


The Santa Cruz Mountains are served by top-rated public schools, community organizations, and local businesses, providing a supportive environment for families and individuals alike.

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    In Santa Cruz Mountains, California, three must-visit attractions encapsulate the city's unique charm.

    Big Basin State Park

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    Big Basin Redwoods State Park

    Explore the ancient giants of Big Basin, California's oldest state park, where you can hike among towering redwoods, discover hidden waterfalls, and camp under the stars in a pristine wilderness setting.

    Roaring Camp Railroads

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    Roaring Camp Railroads

    Step back in time and experience the nostalgia of steam train rides at Roaring Camp Railroads, where you can journey through the redwoods aboard historic locomotives and learn about the region's logging history.

    Santa Cruz Boardwalk

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    Santa Cruz Beach Boardwalk

    Soak up the sun and sea breeze at the Santa Cruz Beach Boardwalk, a classic seaside amusement park featuring thrilling rides, arcade games, and sandy beaches along the shores of Monterey Bay.

    Together, these attractions provide a snapshot of Santa Cruz Mountain's history, culture, and natural beauty, creating an unforgettable experience for visitors.

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