San Lorenzo Valley

The San Lorenzo River, stretching 25 miles long, winds through the mountain towns of Ben Lomond, Boulder Creek, Brookdale, and Felton. Early conservationists promoted the appreciation and preservation of nature in the wake of the logging industry's devastation. Over time, the mountains reverted to their natural splendor, with babbling brooks and cascading waterfalls nestled among ancient redwoods and new growth. Today, the resilience of the valley's natural beauty shines through in its verdant hills and charming towns.

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Average Price $632K
Lowest Price $1.7K
Highest Price $3.8M
Total Listings 169
Avg. Price/SQFT $604

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The San Lorenzo Valley is in the Santa Cruz Mountains of Santa Cruz County, California. Historically a logging center, especially after the 1906 San Francisco earthquake, the valley is now home to over 35,000 residents. The area contains magnificent groves of coastal redwood trees and includes the towns of Ben Lomond, Felton, Brookdale and Boulder Creek, which are situated along the winding Highway 9. The San Lorenzo River originates in the mountains above Boulder Creek then flows through the rural, wooded valley before reaching the city of Santa Cruz and emptying into the Monterey Bay. The river also provides drinking water for Santa Cruz. The valley is bordered on the north by Big Basin Redwoods and Castle Rock State Parks and by Henry Cowell Redwoods State Park toward the south.

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Felton Covered Bridge, the tallest covered bridge in the United States, served as the main entry point to Felton for 45 years and is listed on the National Register of Historic Places.

With 20 miles of trails for hiking, mountain biking, and horseback riding, Henry Cowell Redwoods State Park in Felton is home to a centuries-old walkable redwood grove and 1,800-year-old trees. The park's tallest tree, standing about 285 feet tall and 16 feet wide, can be found along the grove trail.

Roaring Camp Railroads in Felton transports visitors back in time with nostalgic steam train rides through towering redwoods. Throughout the year, Roaring Camp also hosts immersive events like the Summer Gathering of Mountain Men, where guests can mingle with reenactors portraying 19th century frontiersmen.

Snaking 35 miles from Santa Cruz to Los Gatos, the scenic Highway 9 winds through lush mountain communities nestled in the San Lorenzo Valley, running parallel to the San Lorenzo River. The route takes motorists past forests and canopies of trees, accented by winding curves and turnouts popular with sightseers.

Nestled in the majestic redwoods, Boulder Creek offers visitors a charming taste of small town America. Stroll through local antique stores, art galleries, and wineries before teeing off at the scenic golf course. Be sure to stop by the San Lorenzo Valley Historical Museum to pick up a free map for a self-guided walking tour of this picturesque community. The San Lorenzo Valley Museum operates two galleries, one in Boulder Creek and one in Felton. Both are housed in former church buildings that are listed on the National Register of Historic Places. Both galleries house permanent and temporary exhibitions. Entrance is FREE, donations are appreciated. The Museum office is located at: 12547 Highway 9, Boulder Creek Wednesday & Friday 1-4pm

San Lorenzo Valley Museum Phone: (831) 338-8382 Email:

Nestled in the lush redwood forests of the Santa Cruz Mountains, Boulder Creek Golf Course offers 18 challenging par 65 holes amid a paradise of trees and lakes.

The San Lorenzo Valley offers cozy bistros and homey cafes, perfect spots to take a break from driving through the towering redwood forests along Highway 9.

Brookdale Lodge, a historic resort complex and the main business in Brookdale, gained fame for decades as a retreat featuring a creek running through its popular Brook Room restaurant (closed for renovation as of 2019). Originally started by Judge Logan, the resort was purchased in 1922 by Dr. F.K. Camp, a Seventh-day Adventist physician who hired architect Horace Cotton to design the iconic dining room spanning the creek. Today, Brookdale Lodge has a reputation for ghosts and hauntings.


Nestled in the redwood forests of the Santa Cruz Mountains, the San Lorenzo Valley Unified School District overlooks the blue expanse of the Monterey Bay Marine Sanctuary. The district spans 17 miles from Santa Cruz to Los Gatos, bounded by Bonny Doon to the west and Scotts Valley to the east. The San Lorenzo River winds through the forested valley served by the district. The district's schools are focal points for the small communities of Felton, Ben Lomond, Brookdale, and Boulder Creek that line the river. These towns feature small business districts surrounded by residential neighborhoods.

Students attend their local elementary school through fifth grade at either San Lorenzo Valley Elementary or Boulder Creek Elementary. Secondary years are spent at SLV Middle School and SLV High School. In addition, students have the choice of attending our SLVUSD Charter School.

The SARC is the School Accountability Report Card. This document is updated every year, and it provides information to the community to allow for public comparisons of California public and non-public schools. Student achievement data, facilities, demographics, teacher certification, and more information is all included in the SARC (Spanish translations will be posted soon).

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