Park Location
333 Golf Club Drive, Santa Cruz, Ca, 95060
640 Acres
Parks and Recreation Department, City of Santa Cruz (831) 420-5270
1988 - As a City Park using funding from the CALPAW State Bond Act to increase the Greenbelt


Adjacent to UCSC, this park is a great place to go for a walk! It was used as a location in the film Lost Boys and the word Pogonip itself means 'icy fog' in Shoshone. According to Margaret Koch in the book "Santa Cruz County - Parade of the Past", Santa Cruz County's first golf course, the Santa Cruz Golf and Country Club, was located in the area where Pogonip is today. The golf and country club was established by Fred Swanton. Pogonip Creek is near the San Lorenzo River. There are no restrooms, water fountains, or telephones inside the park, and bicycles and horses are prohibited on all but 1 mile of 8 miles of trails. Dogs are allowed on leash on certain marked trails.

Wildlife and Vegetation

The pogonip consists of a mix of forested areas and meadow.

A few of the animals you may encounter include:

  • Mammals: Squirrels, Deer, Mountain Lions, Rabbits, Gophers, Voles, Bats, Coyotes, Bobcats
  • Birds: Kites, Hawks, Bluebirds, Owls, Chickadees, Robins, Woodpeckers, Sparrows
  • Reptiles and Amphibians: Garter Snakes, Lizards, Salamanders
  • Bugs and Insects: Banana Slug, Beetles
  • Endangered species:

Dangers and Annoyances

Mountain Lions have been spotted periodically in the park. Spottings are rare, but if you see one, it is important to notify the park ranger so that park officials and park visitors can be made aware of possible danger.

Ticks are common in the pogonip, and are potentially dangerous in that they can carry and transmit diseases like Lyme Disease and Rocky Mountain Spotted Fever and other diseases. Check your skin as well as your dog's fur for ticks and remove them promptly.

Railroad tracks cross through the park in several places near the easternmost border. Trains use these tracks frequently, so it is important to stay off them for your own safety.

Poison Oak is very common in the pogonip. Luckily, the plant is easily identifiable, and easily avoidable if you stay on well-marked trails. Exposure can cause a profuse itchy rash on the skin, but is relatively harmless to most people.

Heroin dealing is reported to have become common in the park.


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