Orange Bar
Quail Hollow Ranch

Park Info

ADDRESS: 800 Quail Hollow Road, Felton, CA

TRAILS: Enjoy over 5 miles of easy to moderate trails (no dogs on trails). The trailhead is located just a hundred feet past the visitor center (the opposite side of the center from the parking lot) near the old Apple tree and Wisteria bush. 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. Click here for a description of each trail, and here’s the Quail Hollow Ranch Park trail map.
Virtual hike of Woodrat, Sunset, Italian, and Chaparral trails, from Google Maps, 2016
Interpretative guide for the numbered posts on the Italian/Lower Chaparral trail loop
AllTrails website for Quail Hollow Ranch

HISTORY & CULTURE: A brief cultural history of Quail Hollow Ranch
Detailed history of Quail Hollow Ranch, written in 1992
15-minute interview on KSQD featuring Richard James
Quick history of QHR featuring Richard James, Santa Cruz Sentinel, 2017
Bay Nature Magazine – Santa Cruz Sandhills
Link to the Sandhills Alliance
Quail Hollow Ecological Reserve
Aerial view of Quail Hollow Ranch in 1943
*** When the pandemic recedes, look for our live history tour schedule on the Friends Facebook page ***

FLORA: Illustrated list of Quail Hollow Ranch plants from Calflora
Flora AND fauna iNaturalist site and iNaturalist Guide for Quail Hollow Ranch
Trees of Quail Hollow Ranch, with photos and locations
Recognition for the US’s largest Red Willow
Quail Hollow Ranch Plant List (short)
Quail Hollow Ranch Plant List (detailed)
Illustrated list of 68 QHR flowers, sorted by color family
Willows of Quail Hollow Ranch

FAUNA: Birds, Bats, Butterflies and Dragonflies of QHR
List of birds at Quail Hollow Ranch – updated May 2022
List of birds at Quail Hollow Ranch – eBird
Quail Hollow Ranch page of Santa Cruz Bird Club
Microlife in the pond

EVENTS: County Parks Registration page and soon, an online calendar for county events
Park events calendar
Santa Cruz Astronomy Club calendar; includes QHR star parties
FYI, official park closing time is sunset

PHOTOS: Gallery
Virtual background Quail Hollow Park

VIDEOS: Lovely 6 minute video, highlighting the beauty and diversity of the park (courtesy of Steve Abrams).
Acorn Woodpeckers, moving acorns on a granary tree
Virtual hike, featuring former park recreation specialist, Dan Lazarus

WEATHER: Weather Underground

View from the Sunset Trail