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Recreation Options

Located 10 miles from the California coast, amid the grandeur of the redwoods of the northern Santa Cruz mountains, Redwood Glen provides a variety of free time and recreation opportunities for guests, on site as well as off.


On-site Options

A large ball field, just below Smith Hall, is available for softball, soccer, and large group games. A paved outdoor basketball court, sand volleyball pit, tetherballs, horseshoes, ping pong, and foosball are also available. Equipment is provided, though there is a nominal fee for ping pong balls and foosballs. An enclosed, sturdy wooden play structure is also easily accessible for children of all ages. And a new traverse climbing wall has been built for additional adventure for children and youth. During the summer months our swimming pool and diving area are open, with certified lifeguards provided at no additional cost.


Off-site Options

Situated on 165 acres and bordered by Pescadero Creek, Redwood Glen offers (for those with limited time and ability) short accessible trails, which connect with more extensive trail systems for those who are looking for longer and more challenging adventures. Redwood Glen shares borders with San Mateo Memorial Park and Pescadero Creek Park, and is connected with Portola State Park via Old Haul Road, with Big Basin State Park an ambitious but doable 9 miles away for trail runners and well-seasoned day hikers.

For those who prefer to explore by car rather than foot, the local community of Pescadero is only 15 minutes away. Cheese from Harley Farms, burritos at the local gas station, crab cioppino at Duarte’s Tavern, artichoke bread at Arcangeli Grocery/Norm’s Market, weekend barbecues at Pescadero Country Store, a series of boutique shops and the “Old Rock Guy” are some of the local favorites which attract crowds to this small coastal town every weekend. For more information on Pescadero, click here.