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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Seasonal Hours

Sat-Sun.   8am-5pm

Mon-Fri.  9am-5pm

CZU Lightning Complex Fires Impacts & Updates

Sept 28, 2020 --- We were allowed back to the property about 1 week ago. We are fortunate in that our home & structures survived the CZU fire with the exception of one of our red tree fort/play houses that so many of you enjoyed & have wonderful pictures of, as well as our antique wagon. My parents did lose their home which, was next to the view point. We have quite a bit of cleanup to do & still need to ensure that the farm is safe for visitors. We continue to seek funding to rebuild & are looking to find pre-cut trees to bring in this season (quality inventory can be difficult to find & overall precut inventory is low). We will once again update you as we know more & as time permits. Thank you all for your thoughts & prayers. Your shared stories on Facebook have given us so much love and strength. THANK YOU!

Aug. 20, 2020 — Our Crest Ranch family is safe, but we continue to be unsure of the full extent of the damage done to the ranch due to weather/lightning & unpredictability of this fire. The view point home has been completely burned to the ground. On 8/22 we were able to access the property even though it was NOT deemed safe again. At this time we saw that the structures in the compound area had survived, while the field of trees is about 80% destroyed. We don't know what we will once again return to because the property is still at risk. Our goal will be to repair structures and replant the farm — as soon as it's safe to do so. We love the property and we plan to work hard to bring it back to life so that family special holiday traditions can continue.

We will provide an update again when Cal Fire allows us to return to the property. Until then, we are grateful to our friends who have started a GoFundMe fundraiser in support of our homes and business. We understand many people are in a time of financial uncertainty and do not expect anything of anyone — but we are humbled and overwhelmingly thankful to all of you choosing to support us right now. We are not alone in loss due to these fires, and we are honored to receive such an outpouring of love. Thank you for the years of support, friendship & patronage. We look forward to seeing you again!



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Welcome to Crest Ranch!

 Choose and Cut Christmas Tree Farm

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News:  Established 71 years ago! We are very pleased with our healthy selection of trees again this year! The trees have recovered from the past effects of drought. At this time in our season we have a selection 5-6 ft trees, the majority of our taller trees have been sold for the season. 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 again this year to help control aphids & other insects around the farm and as a result, the trees are happier & much 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 3,000 seedlings were planted this year (Blu. Cypress, Sequoia, Scotch pine, White & Red fir). 

We are building a home, which you may see under construction, for our daughter & family. 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 leashes

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  Nov. 23-24 and Dec. 21-22)

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.