Randall Morgan Sandhills Preserve

In the sandy hills between Scotts Valley and the San Lorenzo Valley, this 189-acre rare habitat supports seven species of plants and animals found nowhere else on earth!  The Sandhills were formed millions of years ago when the Santa Cruz Mountains were uplifted, raising an ancient seabed into the air.  You can find sand dollars, shell fossils, and the bones of extinct sea mammals there. Renowned botanist Peter Raven calls this place the “Galapagos of Santa Cruz County.”  Our Galapagos Islands are threatened by the usual human uses.  Houses and roads destroy and fragment land.  Destructive recreational uses like motorcycle riding erode the fragile sandy soil.  We are currently working to reduce the degradation of these unpermitted activities.  This property is closed to the public.