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Bonny Doon Ecological Reserve


The diversity of soil types and topography at the 552-acre Bonny Doon Ecological Reserve give rise to a variety of plant communities: ponderosa pine, redwood, closed-cone pine cypress, montane hardwood conifer, mixed chaparral, and annual grassland. The wildlife community includes amphibians, birds, bats, black-tailed deer, mountain lion, bobcat, coyote, and gray fox.

For more information, call the Bay Delta Region Fairfield office at (707) 428-2002.

Recreational Opportunities

Wildlife Viewing Hiking Trails

Activities: wildlife viewing, hiking

PLEASE NOTE: For information on public use regulations for this area and other Department lands please refer to the link opens in new windowCDFW Public Lands Regulations booklet. Scroll to the Table of Contents. Locate the page number for general regulations for public uses on all Department lands. For additional regulations that apply only to certain properties, check the Table of Contents for sections that refer to additional or property-specific regulations for wildlife areas or ecological reserves. All visitors are responsible for knowing and following the general and property-specific regulations.

Area History

Prior to State ownership, the property was repeatedly subjected to development pressure. One past land owner planted a vineyard and small orchard, then another attempted to grow Christmas trees. The sandstone outcroppings were reportedly once used as a silent movie location.

The property was expanded in the late 1950s and 1960s through purchase of adjacent properties, creating a 525-acre block which was owned by Teachers Management and Investment Corporation. During their ownership, a number of development proposals were put forward, with one developer obtaining approval for a 300-acre vineyard. This was never implemented though.

The property was purchased by The Nature Conservancy in 1989, who sold the majority of the land to the Wildlife Conservation Board. It was designated as an ecological reserve by the Fish and Game Commission in 1993.

Last update : 10/31/2018 9:35:08 AM

Wildlife Branch - Lands Program
1812 9th Street, Sacramento, CA 95811
(916) 445-0411


Bay Delta Region (Region 3)

Santa Cruz County

Directions: Hwy 1, exit Bonny Doon Road E. Right on Martin Road and park near the fire station.

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