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Public Open House: Vaqueros y Bandidos


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Before the cowboys of the Old West, there were the vaqueros of California. Explore a time when cattle ranching was king on the coast, and learn a bit about the Adobe’s historic connection to the infamous local bandit Tiburcio Vasquez. While you’re here you can check out our traditional vaquero-style saddle and wooden stirrups and even practice a bit of roping with the reata (lasso). Other activities include tours of the rancho, fresh tortilla making in the restored cocina, and kids crafts and games. Guided tours will be offered at 11:15am, 12:15pm, 1:15pm and 2:15pm. Feel free to bring a plus-one or the whole family! The Castro Adobe is currently an active construction site as the adobe building is being repaired and is open only during scheduled events. Event is free; limited parking (carpooling encouraged). Events made possible by Friends of Santa Cruz State Parks and California State Parks. Heavy rain may cancel.