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Quail Hollow Ranch

PROTECTING A HIDDEN GEM

Quail Hollow Ranch County Park is tucked into a sunny, picturesque valley just east of Ben Lomond, CA. It is a Natural Reserve, formerly a working horse ranch, and one of Santa Cruz County’s best-kept secrets.

Friends of Quail Hollow Ranch County Park (FQH) was founded to preserve and enhance the unique natural bounty of the park, and to maintain the cultural resources it embodies.

 Vision: Improving, restoring and preserving Quail Hollow’s ecosystem as an exceptional habitat for native plants and animals and providing natural history programs so that visitors of all ages can appreciate, respect, support and be inspired by QH.

  Mission: FQH exists to improve, protect and celebrate Quail Hollow Ranch County Park as an ecological treasure by promoting exemplary stewardship and by supporting informative public programs.

Within its 300 acres reside several unique plant communities, including rare Santa Cruz sandhills habitats, a dwarf redwood forest and a seasonal wetland with the tallest Red Willow in California. Added to Quail Hollow’s considerable biological interest is the fact that the historic ranch house used to be the test kitchen and garden for Sunset Magazine, that arbiter of California domestic style.

In addition to over 5 miles of hiking trails, Quail Hollow offers loads of classes and tours, from history tours to bird watching to stargazing, and much more.  See the Summer 2021 county Programs and Activities guide

  • Come and visit the park; it’s open!
  • Check out the summer camps and workshops
  • Take a hike or ride your horse (trail map here)
  • Bring a picnic – tables are on the Sunset trail and at the visitor center
  • Become a volunteer
  • Donate to support park improvements through Amazon Smile
  • Our events calendar is not currently being updated, sorry!

For more information about Quail Hollow Ranch County Park, visit the County of Santa Cruz Department of Public Works – Parks, Open Space and Cultural Services Quail Hollow Ranch website.

Photo by Steve Abrams