Crest Ranch Choose and Cut Christmas Tree Farm

Located in the Santa Cruz Mountains.

The Bay Area's Favorite choose and cut Christmas tree Farm!
 12200 Empire Grade
Santa Cruz, CA 95060
(831) 423-8733 
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Welcome to Crest Ranch!

 Choose and Cut Christmas Tree Farm

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News:  Established 70 years ago! We are very pleased with our selection of trees this year! The vast majority of trees have recovered from the past effects of drought. We have implemented many organic practices. You will find that areas of the farm have been covered with wood chips. This helps to retain moisture, keep down weeds & gives nutrients back to the soil. We also released thousands of Ladybugs & Lacewings to help control aphids & other insects around the farm and as a result, the trees are happier & healthier. You may notice drip lines in various locations which help our seedlings get established. Gophers continue to challenge us by eating the roots of small trees. The birds continue to thrive, leaving empty surprise nests in our beautiful trees and 2,000 seedlings were planted this year (Douglas, White & Red fir). 

We are proud to have 4 generations now living at Crest Ranch.  Our family looks forward to welcoming you for years to come.

Welcome to Crest Ranch

"A visit to Crest Ranch is a   wonderful family outing"

  • Free parking

  • Saws provided

  • Free net wrapping & twine

  • Tree carts available

  • Snack Bar

  • Picnic Area

  • Beautiful Views

  • Over 15 Varieties of Trees

  • Dogs welcome with leases

Crest Ranch Choose and Cut Christmas Tree Farm
Located in the Santa Cruz Mountains.

Established in 1948, Crest Ranch Christmas Tree Farm is the oldest choose and cut Christmas tree farm in the Western United States. Located above Santa Cruz at the top of 2,600-foot Ben Lomond mountain overlooking the village of Boulder Creek, we have over 45 acres of Christmas trees with over 15 tree varieties.

It's not just the quality and selection of Christmas trees that brings people to Crest Ranch, it's also the setting. Hundred-year-old oaks and madrones tower above rustic farm buildings. At "The Viewpoint" you can see seven counties. After Christmas tree shopping, for a break, a pleasant picnic area is available. Bring your picnic lunch or snacks to enjoy the crisp clean winter air and fresh forest fragrance. On weekends hot dogs, snacks and drinks are available at the snack bar.(snack bar closed Dec. 15 & 16)

Year after year people from all around Santa Cruz County, and from all over the San Francisco Bay Area make Crest Ranch the place they buy their Christmas tree.

A Family Tradition

​Family Stories (click to view more)

The Larson family has been coming to Crest Ranch since 1957.

After moving from Chicago in 1956, getting their Christmas tree at Crest Ranch became a treasured tradition for the whole family.

Please send us your family story.  We would love to share it here on our web page!

Warm Hooded Sweatshirts &

T-Shirts are now available for purchase at the farm.