Rancho San Andres Castro Adobe Park

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Rancho San Andres Castro Adobe Park


(831) 429-2850

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At press time, this property was not available for public use, pending necessary planning, facility development and staffing.

Juan Jose Castro, a member of one of Alta California's most prominent founding families, built the large adobe house at historic Rancho San Andrés at around the time of the Gold Rush (between 1848 and 1849). His father, Jose Joaquin Castro, had come as a boy with his family to Northern California from Mexico with the pioneering Anza Expedition in 1775-76. Over time, the Castros were granted agricultural land from San Pablo Bay south to Monterey, as a reward for the family's military service and for their accomplishments as early settlers. By the 1840s, members of the Castro family ranched over a quarter of a million acres in Santa Cruz County alone. This adobe served as headquarters for the extended Castro family holdings; about 60 people, including Native American workers, lived in and around the building until 1883.

Map of Castro Adobe Park Property (CA)

Latitude, Longitude: 36.945708, -121.812072



Rancho San Andres Castro Adobe Park lies in a mild, year-round Mediterranean climate, with warmer summers and coolers winters with more precipitation. Layering is still encouraged, especially during non-summer seasons.

Park Partners

Friends of Santa Cruz State Parks

Friends'--a non-profit park partner--strives to ensure that the history, traditions and natural beauty of Santa Cruz County State Parks are enjoyed today and by future generations. Each year more than 327,601 visitors--including thousands of school children--participate in over 4,328 educational programs funded by Friends.

As state park budgets continue to be slashed and more people are enjoying the parks, Friends work becomes increasingly urgent as the group is relied upon to fund the essential educational programs and stewardship initiates within the local state parks.

Through effective leadership by the Friends board of directors and the hard work of staff, Friends has grown to be the second largest of 84 similar non-profit partners in California. The educational programs in Santa Cruz County State Parks, funded by Friends, serve as a model for other park districts throughout the state, have won numerous state and national awards and are vital to the future of the parks.

(831) 429-1840



The closest significant airport to Rancho San Andres Castro Adobe is at Mineta San Jose International Airport, approximately 32 miles away from Santa Cruz; myriad car rental options are available, from Alamo to National rental firms.

Public Transportation

Santa Cruz Metro Transit Direct offers bicycle and mass-transit bus options, including to and from Mineta San Jose International Airport and throughout Santa Cruz & adjacent counties. For schedule and fare rates, call 831-425-8600.

Phone Numbers


(831) 429-2850