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Red, White, and Blue Beach

This article originally appeared in the Fall 2017 issue of Landmarks.

Red, White, and Blue Beach might be the next big thing. It certainly has all the attributes of a big deal. It’s the last private beach in the county. It has coastal bluffs with far-reaching views across the bay. There’s a steep canyon with rock outcroppings – you’ve probably seen them on the land side of Highway 1, about four miles outside of Santa Cruz. There are redwood groves in the canyon – and a creek runs through it and out to the beach. There’s farmland, too. The property connects Wilder Ranch State Park and the Cotoni-Coast Dairies National Monument, and the Coastal Rail Trail runs right by it.

This property is a 170-acre slice of what makes Santa Cruz County special. It has it all.

And it’s for sale!

Of course the Land Trust wants to see this amazing place enjoyed by the many, not just the few. Imagine all the people who would fall in love with nature there!

We have made a full and fair offer and are waiting to see if it will be accepted. We may have to wait until the end of the year to find out. If our offer is accepted, we’ll have to raise a lot of money, both to acquire the property and to take care of it while opening it up for many to enjoy. But you’ll hear about that if we get the opportunity to save this amazing slice of our county.   

 

A slice of the best of Santa Cruz County

This 170-acre property includes:

  5 acres of beach and dunes

  35 acres of redwoods in an iconic canyon east of Highway 1

  27 acres of bluff-top grasslands

  46 acres of farmland

  62 acres of rare coastal scrub

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