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Skylark Ranch

Camp Skylark Ranch spans 280 acres in the Santa Cruz Mountains above the beautiful California coast. Skylark Ranch offers a peaceful outdoor retreat with basic comforts, fun activity options, and access to Big Basin State Park. Skylark also features old growth redwoods that are protected by a conservation easement with the support of The Sempervirens Fund. Sleeping accommodations vary from platform tents, yurts, and small cabins to hike-in outposts for pitching tents with access to toilets, potable water, and a fire circle.

Driving directions, sitemaps, and additional information are provided upon reservation.

Rental Period

22 hours, 4:00 PM–2:00 PM

Seasonal Note: Due to Santa Cruz County user restrictions, Skylark is open from April 1 to October 31.

On-Site Resources & Amenities

  • Archery range: available to rent. You must provide equipment and level 1 certified instructor. For questions regarding archery programs at Skylark, please email getoutdoors@gsnorcal.org.
  • High Ropes or Low Challenge course available through GSNC Outdoor Program staff. Click here for more information.
  • Hiking trails: request a topographical map and trail descriptions.
  • Large Group Campfire Circle for shared use if other groups are present.

Site Information

Total Camp Capacity: 200 people/night

Dining Hall:
Fully functional commercial kitchen and dining hall that has a capacity of 200 (California food handler’s certification required).

Platform Tent Units:
Each unit (Meadowlark, Cardinal, Starling, Chickadee) has 7–9 canvas platform tents with 4–6 beds per tent. Flicker has 4 platform tents with capacity for 4 people and 1 tent with capacity for 8 people. Hummingbird has 5 tents with capacity for 4 people and 1 tent with capacity for 6 people. Units also include an outdoor cooking area including a campfire circle, picnic tables, and food storage. Units are equipped with toilets, a hand-washing sink, and potable water.

Yurt Village:
New in 2015, "Raven" has three yurts—two with 4 sets of bunk beds, and one with 2 sets. Village includes a covered open-air platform with a picnic table, an outdoor cooking area including a campfire circle, picnic tables, and food storage. Village is equipped with toilets, a hand-washing sink, and potable water. New yurt village "Pajarita" has two yurts with a capacity for 8 people and one yurt for 4 people.

Outposts:
Each outpost has a camping area, toilets, potable water and fire circle. Optimal use of these outposts is to pitch backpack tents. Outposts require a short hike from 1/2 mile to approximately one mile. The Outpost hosts eighteen people. Capacity numbers are:

  • The Outpost: 18 people
  • Toby’s Meadow: 18 people (includes lean-to shelter for sleeping or cooking with a gas stove)

Local Attractions

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2019 Rental Rates for GSNorCal Members

Name of Rental Unit Capacity Rate
Pajarita (yurts)20$150
Meadowlark (cabins)28$150
Cardinal (cabins)28$150
Flicker (cabins)24$150
Hummingbird (cabins)26$150
Starling (platform tents)34$125
Chickadee (cabins)28$150
Raven (yurts)20$150
Toby's Meadow18$65
Director's Cabin4 $75
Staff House6$125
Health Center6$75
Small Buildings8$50
Cook's Cabin3$50
Dining Hall200$275
KitchenN/A$150
Shower HouseN/A$80
Entire Site260$2,320

2019 Rates for Non-Profit Groups

Name of Rental Unit Capacity Rate
Pajarita (yurts)20$300
Meadowlark (cabins)28$300
Cardinal (cabins)28$300
Flicker (cabins)24$300
Hummingbird (cabins)26$300
Starling (platform tents)34$250
Chickadee (cabins)28$300
Raven (yurts)20$300
Toby's Meadow18$130
Director's Cabin4 $150
Staff House6$250
Health Center6$150
Small Buildings8$100
Cook's Cabin3$100
Dining Hall200$550
KitchenN/A$300
Shower HouseN/A$160
Entire Site260$4,240