Moore Creek Wildlife Preserve

4.530 Votes Currently Open [Closes at 07:00 pm]
  • Address: Moore Creek Trail, Santa Cruz, CA 95060, USA, United States
  • Timings: 06:00 am - 07:00 pm Details
  • Phone: +1-8314205270
  • Time Required: 02:00 Hrs
  • Tags: Outdoors, Trail, Wildlife Sanctuary , Nature

The Moore Creek Preserve is a 246 acre restricted area in Santa Cruz which is almost exclusively open to the public for hiking purposes. These trails are also allowed to be explored only on foot. Use of bicycle on these trails is also prohibited. The reason for such strict rules is the rare and endangered plant and animal species that are housed in this preserve like the San Francisco popcorn flower, red-legged frog and Ohlone tiger beetle. The open meadows and panoramic views of the Monterey Bay further make a visit to Moore Creek Preserve a fascinating one.

Moore Creek Wildlife Preserve Travel Tips

  • Dogs are prohibited.
  • Bicycling is prohibited.
  • Smoking, fires, camping, alcohol, littering, wood gathering, collection of plants and animals, archery/hunting are prohibited.

Moore Creek Wildlife Preserve Hours

  • Summer (April – October): Sunrise – 7:00pm
  • Winter (November – March): Sunrise – 4:00pm

How to Reach Moore Creek Wildlife Preserve

  • Bus 20 and 20D Stop Western & Meder Bus Station.
  • Rent or hire a car/taxi.

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  • Moore Creek Wildlife Preserve Address: Moore Creek Trail, Santa Cruz, CA 95060, USA, United States
  • Moore Creek Wildlife Preserve Contact Number: +1-8314205270
  • Moore Creek Wildlife Preserve Timing: 06:00 am - 07:00 pm
  • Best time to visit Moore Creek Wildlife Preserve(preferred time): 08:00 am - 04:00 pm
  • Time required to visit Moore Creek Wildlife Preserve: 02:00 Hrs
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  • 6.56% of people who visit Santa Cruz include Moore Creek Wildlife Preserve in their plan

  • 95% of people start their Moore Creek Wildlife Preserve visit around 10 AM

  • People usually take around 2 Hrs to see Moore Creek Wildlife Preserve


95% of people prefer to travel by car while visiting Moore Creek Wildlife Preserve

People normally club together University Of California Santa Cruz and Santa Cruz Mission State Historic Park while planning their visit to Moore Creek Wildlife Preserve.

* The facts given above are based on traveler data on TripHobo and might vary from the actual figures

Moore Creek Wildlife Preserve Reviews & Ratings

  • It's a lot smaller and less varied than nearby Pogonip, but the trails provide a great view of the ocean. Some of the back trails are a little overgrown, and you should definitely watch out for ticks. That said, it also tends to be pretty quiet, as it gets much less traffic than many other outdoor areas in Santa Cruz.

  • Moore Creek lies in the buffer zone between the redwoods and the coastal meadows. It's emerald green in the early spring, covered with phlox and poppies later, and gold in the summer. Solitary oaks dot the meadows, and riparian clefts nourish redwoods, fir, and alder...and lots of poison oak. Ancient seashore terraces now take the form of limestone outcroppings painted with lichens. It's free, but parking requires a short walk. I think not wheelchair or handicapped feasible.

  • Picturesque and historic spot. Lots of local history

  • Super pleasant hike with stunning views

  • A back country drive through Gods country!

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