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Camp Skylark Ranch

Camp Skylark spans 280 acres in the Santa Cruz Mountains above the beautiful California coast. Skylark also features old growth redwoods that are protected by a conservation easement with the support of The Sempervirens Fund. Sleeping accommodations vary from platform tents, yurts, and small cabins to primitive hike-in outposts for pitching tents with access to toilets, potable water and a fire circle. 

Skylark Ranch offers a peaceful outdoor retreat with basic comforts, fun activity options, and access to Big Basin State Park.

Rental Period

Rental Period: 22 hours, 4:00PM - 2:00PM

Seasonal Note: Due to Santa Cruz County user restrictions, Skylark is open from April 1 to October 31.

Facilities Overview

Total Camp Capacity: 200 people/night

Dining Hall: 
Fully functional commercial kitchen and dining hall that has a capacity of 200 (California food handler’s certification required).

Platform Tent Units:
Each unit (Meadowlark, Cardinal, Starling, Chickadee) has 7-9 canvas platform tents with 4-6 beds per tent. Flicker has 4 platform tents with capacity for 4 people and 1 tent with capacity for 8 people. Hummingbird has 5 tents with capacity for 4 people and 1 tent with capacity for 6 people. Units also include an outdoor cooking area includiing a campfire circle, picnic tables, and food storage. Units are equipped with toilets, a hand-washing sink, and potable water.

Yurt Village:
New in 2015, "Raven" has three yurts - two with four sets of bunkbeds, and one with two sets. Village includes a covered open-air platform with a picnic table. an outdoor cooking area includiing a campfire circle, picnic tables, and food storage. Village is equipped with toilets, a hand-washing sink, and potable water. New yurt village "Pajarita" has two yurts with a capacity for 8 people and one yurt for 4 people.

Outposts: 
Each outpost has a camping area, toilets, potable water and fire circle. Optimal use of these outposts is to pitch backpack tents. Outposts require a short hike from 1/2 mile to approximately one mile. The Outpost hosts eighteen people. Capacity numbers are:

  • The Outpost = 18 people
  • Toby’s Meadow = 18 people (includes lean-to shelter for sleeping or cooking with a gas stove)

Driving Time from San Francisco:
Skylark Ranch is about 90 minutes south from San Francisco, 15 minutes south of Pescadero, near Pigeon Point Lighthouse. 

Site Maps
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Price & Capacity Information
Name of Rental Unit Capacity  Girl Scout Rate Non-Profit Rate
Pajarita (yurts) 20 $150 $300
Meadowlark 28 $110 $220
Cardinal 28 $110 $220
Flicker 24 $110 $220
Hummingbird 26 $110 $220
Starling 34 $110 $220
Chickadee 28 $110 $220
Outpost 18 $45 $90
Raven (yurts) 20 $160 $320
Toby's Meadow 18 $45 $90
Director's Cabin 4 $75 $150
Staff House 6 $110 $220
Health Center 2 $75 $150
Small Building 2 $50 $100
Dining Hall 200 $275 $550
Kitchen  N/A $140 $280
Shower House N/A $80 $160
Entire Site 200 $1,865 $3,730
Entire Site w/o Outpost N/A $1,820 $3,640



On-Site Resources/Amenities
  • Archery range: available to rent. You must provide equipment and level 1 certifies instructor. For questions regarding archery programs at Skylark, please email getoutdoors@girlscoutsnorcal.org
  • High Ropes or Low Challenge course available through GSNC Outdoor Program staff. Click here for more information.
  • Hiking trails: request a topographical map and trail descriptions.
  • Large Group Campfire Circle for shared use if other groups are present.
Local Attractions

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