Vaqueros on the Rancho

Friends of Santa Cruz State Parks today announced it will host Vaqueros on the Rancho, a ticketed event at the Castro Adobe State Historic Park, to share the tradition and skill of vaquero horsemen while raising funds to support the full opening of Castro Adobe in the Pajaro Valley.  The special event will be 1-4 […]

Castro Coastal Campfires in July and August

Joseph Carr Ritchie, the California State Park Interpreter for the Castro Adobe State Historic Park, will be leading two free Castro Coastal Campfires in July and August. Folks are invited to go and learn about about the historic Castro family’s coastal connection at a Sunset Beach State Park campfire program. Ritchie will explain the link […]

Vaquero Heritage Tack Talk at Castro Adobe

Are you a horse lover? How about a history lover – or better yet, both? Then you will be interested to check out the Vaquero Heritage Tack Talk at Castro Adobe, to be held on Saturday, June 25th at 1:30 PM at the Castro Adobe. Noted historians Griff Durham and Bruce Haener will speak, and […]

Castro Adobe 2016 Open House Dates Announced

Friends of Santa Cruz State Parks has announced the Castro Adobe State Historic Park will be open to the public six Saturdays in 2016 – and admission is free! This is an incredible – and very cool – cultural and historic resource and is very well worth the trip to check out. The two-story Castro […]

Castro Adobe State Historic Park

The Castro Adobe State Historic Park is located just outside of Aptos, in Larkin Valley.  It’s one of the very oldest structures in Santa Cruz county, and one of only four adobe structures left standing within the county.  It’s also one of the few remaining two-story adobe homes anywhere in California.  The Friends of Santa […]

Castro Adobe Open to the Public in November and December

Good news for folks interested in the Castro Adobe…if you missed the last few times it was held open, you’ll be happy to hear that the Castro Adobe will be open to the public on November 14th and December 5th. Admission is free with donations to support the park gratefully accepted. Located in Larkin Valley, […]

Castro Adobe Receives $100,000 Grant

Friends of Santa Cruz State Parks (Friends), a local nonprofit serving 32 state parks and beaches in Santa Cruz and San Mateo counties, announced it has been awarded a $100,000 grant from the Monterey Peninsula Foundation, host of the AT&T Pebble Beach National Pro-Am, to fund the ongoing restoration of the Castro Adobe State Historic […]

Castro Adobe to Open this Summer

The famous Castro Adobe in Larkin Valley will be held open for three weekends this summer. The Friends of Santa Cruz State Parks will be holding the home open to visitors on June 12th and 13th, July 10th and 11th, and August 14th and 15th. The Adobe will be open on each of those days […]