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Sanborn County Park

Sanborn County Park is within Santa Cruz mountains and has over 3,688 highly forested acres. At the Sanborn Road main entrance, there is a one mile nature trail that offers examples of the flora and fauna diversity in the park. There are over 15 miles of trails for hikers. There is another entrance at the Lake Ranch Trailhead off of Bear Creek Road that offers a shaded, easy, flat hike to Ranch Lake.  There are multiple restrooms available at the main entrance but none at Lake Ranch.


Dogs must be on a 6 feet or less in length leash with the exception of two trails that lead into Castle Rock State Park.

Operating Hours

8 a.m. until sunset


There is a parking fee (disabled is free).

Disabled Access

Yes, a majority of facilities are accessible. There are multiple wheelchair accessible trails in the park.


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16055 Sanborn Road

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There are multiple parking areas at the Sanborn entrance to the park and there is limited parking available on Bear Creek Rd and Skyline Blvd entrances.

Contact Info

Phone:  408-867-9959 or (408) 355-2200

Comments (1)
At the Lexington Reservoir entrance to the park, there is the relatively flat, wide dirt John Nicholas Trail. It is a perfect trail for the summer because it has Redwood trees that provide shade and there is a picnic table after two miles of hiking where you can have a snack or lunch by the lake with views of deer, birds, flowers and other wildlife.
7/5/2014 12:20 PM