TRAILS AT DELAVEAGA
A WALK IN THE PARK
DeLaveaga Park is home to a network of trails and recreational activities, enjoyed by a variety of visitors. The Park was originally home to Jose Vicente de Laveaga who purchased the land in 1892. de Laveaga was an avid horseman, establishing bridle trails throughout the property, making up many of the current trails. Original horse trail markings still stand if you look close enough. As a nature enthusiast, de Laveaga imported exotic plants from his homeland of Mexico. Botanical gardens, vineyards, nut groves, eucalyptus groves, cactus “fence” barriers and citrus trees were planted throughout the property among the native vegetation, many remain today. When Jose Vicente de Laveaga died in 1894, he graciously donated his estate to the City and County of Santa Cruz.
Today, DeLaveaga Park provides a valuable habitat to many different species. From the Sierran Tree Frog and California Salamander to the infamous Banana Slug, there are endless amounts of flora and fauna, resident and migrating birds, Mule deer and many other mammals all whom call DeLaveaga home. Among the wildlife, visitors are welcome to engage in various recreational activities. LEARN MORE
Upper DeLaveaga Park offers an 18-hole par 70 championship caliber golf course, driving range, award winning restaurant & bar, legendary 29-hole disc golf course, 18-hole disc golf course (Muni Course), archery course and Santa Cruz Shakespeare. Throughout the park, you can explore and enjoy the many hiking and mountain biking trails as you traverse among the redwoods.
Come play around and you’ll discover a perfect blend of old and new, historic and epic.
Branciforte Creek Trail 0.6 miles
Moderate trail with creek views along lower portion. Steep, difficult climb to La Corona Trail.
La Corona Trail 1 mile
Moderate trail with steeper climbs as you approach Top of the World Lookout.
Redwood Lower Loop Trail 1 mile
Easy loop trail through redwood groves.
Upper Delaveaga Loop Trail 1.5 mile
Moderate trail through mixed woodlands, with some steep and difficult sections. Be cautious of golf play.
Old Vineyard Trail 0.7 mile
Easy trail along park boundary.
Parkway Trail .3 miles
Slight uphill trail leading to RangeSide Bar at Delaveaga Golf Course.
Enchanted Trail 1 mile
Easy to moderate trail popular with dog walkers. Off-leash dogs permitted on lower portion of trail from entrance to sand pit area. Dogs must be on leash on upper portion of trail.
All trails and service roads within DeLaveaga Park are open to hikers and bicyclists.