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Arana Gulch Paradise Presentation [video]

The video above is a public information presentation prepared by staff to show the benefits of the paved multi-use trail in an environmentally sensitive habitat area. The California Coastal Commission approved the project with conditions in December 2011.  Construction should begin Spring 2013.

 Arana Gulch Coastal Development Application

Arana Gulch Master Plan

Arana Adaptive Management Plan

Draft EIR
Final EIR
Addendum to Final EIR Issued on June 6, 2006
Addendum to Final EIR Issued on July 10, 2006

HOURS OF OPERATION: Summer (April through October) Sunrise to 7 p.m.
Winter (November through March) Sunrise to 4 p.m.

AVAILABLE FACILITIES: Trails; No restroom, drinking fountain, or phone on site. Closest restroom, phone and water at upper end of Santa Cruz Harbor.

TRAILS: The primary trail route in Arana Gulch provides a connection from Agnes Street to the upper harbor (less than one-half mile). Hiking and bicycling are allowed on this primary route. A footpath also encircles the southern meadow area. Please stay on trails. Arana Gulch features sensitive habitat areas that can be damaged by off-trail use.

DOG REGULATIONS: Dogs must be on leash at all times. Keep dogs on trails. Arana Gulch features sensitive habitat areas that can be damaged by dogs. Please be courteous and clean up after your pet.

PROHIBITED ACTIVITIES: Smoking or fires, camping, alcohol, wood gathering, collection of plants or animals, archery/hunting.

PARKING/ENTRANCES: No on-site parking

  • Agnes Street - On-street parking on Agnes Street
  • Upper Harbor - Trail entrance to Arana Gulch located along the western boundary of the harbor storage yard

ARANA GULCH PANORAMAS
Click on images below to see 360* panoramas.



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Arana Gulch Photo Gallery Page

Highlights
Arana Gulch is a 63-acre greenbelt land, featuring open meadows, oak woodland, and Arana Creek.

Natural Resources
Arana Gulch features valuable habitats, including wetlands, central coast riparian scrub, central coast live oak riparian forest, and coastal terrace prairie. Approximately one-third of Arana Gulch features wetlands. The Arana Creek floodplain, located along the eastern boundary of the property, comprises most of the wetland acreage. There are also seasonal freshwater wetlands scattered throughout the upper grassland area.

Arana Gulch is one of few remaining sites within the County where the Santa Cruz tarplant, a state endangered species, exists. Historically, the Santa Cruz tarplant was widespread throughout the property, however, with the loss of grazing the tarplant declined. In recent years, the City of Santa Cruz has worked in cooperation with the California Department of Fish and Game, the California Native Plant Society, and other dedicated volunteers to successfully recover the tarplant.
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