Scotts Valley, located amidst the area’s dramatic redwood forests in the western region of the Santa Cruz Mountains, is a small suburban community with a proud link to the past. Once a stagecoach stop between San Jose and Santa Cruz, Scotts Valley’s deep history goes back more than 150 years. Today, it serves as a vacation spot for both leisure and business travelers.
Explore the Santa Cruz Mountains on a set of trails at the Glenwood Preserve Open Space, open to the public as of spring 2019. Boasting three miles of walking and biking trails and gentle gradients, this western area of the preserve is ideal for hiking, running and group fitness activities. The pet-friendly West Glenwood Preserve Trails feature several bridges and gentle gradients.
Relax at Skypark, where picnic grounds, ball fields, play grounds, a skate park, tennis courts and walking trails abound. Traveling with a four-legged friend? There is also a great ‘Bark Park’! Skypark is the only place in Santa Cruz County with a large firework display during the Fourth of July.
Grab lunch at Bruno’s Bar and Grill! This Scotts Valley gem hosts events for every occasion; including the Super Bowl, Mardi Gras and Saint Patrick’s Day. Known for their ‘Savage Burger’ and Wing Wednesdays, Bruno’s is a local favorite amongst Santa Cruzians.
Visit the popular Scotts Valley Farmer’s Market, where visitors are invited a select Pop Up Breakfast series in the summertime. Local chefs bring their delectable creations right to the market and provide information about their use of local produce.
For the history buffs: pay a visit to the Hiram D. Scott House! Built in 1853, this property is a Santa Cruz County Historical Trust Landmark and is listed on the National Register of Historic Places. After a tour, enjoy the park in which the house sits on; featuring picnic areas, a playground and more!
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The trails at Glenwood Open Space Preserve offer the latest reason to get outside in Santa Cruz County. Situated in Scotts Valley, the West and East sides of the Glenwood Preserve unveil over seven miles of trails, marking the culmination of an 18+ year effort.READ MORE >>
For your next outdoor adventure, consider Scotts Valley. Once famed for its roadside attractions—remember kitschy-cute Santa’s Village?—the diminutive community hides oversized scenery and lesser-known trails.READ MORE >>