About the Santa Cruz Mountains
The Santa Cruz Mountains Bioregion covers an area of 3,592 square kilometers (1387 square miles) on the central coast, bounded on the north by the Golden Gate, on the East by San Francisco Bay and the Santa Clara Valley, on the south by the Pajaro River and on the west by the Pacific Ocean. It includes all of San Francisco, San Mateo and Santa Cruz counties and the western part of Santa Clara County.
The Santa Cruz Mountains Bioregional Council (SCMBC) defines the Santa Cruz Mountains Bioregion as that part of the coast range that extends from the Golden Gate on the north down to the Pajaro River to the South and from The San Francisco Bay and Santa Clara Valley on the East to the Pacific Ocean and Monterey Bay to the West. It includes all of this area, all of the watersheds, within these geographic boundaries. It extends from the ridge tops down to the alluvial fans, brackish/saltwater lagoons, marshes, mud flats and coastal intertidal zones.
This more useful ecosystem-oriented definition permits the consideration of hydrological processes, sediment flows, nutrient cycles, and the movement of species within riparian corridors and plant communities in all of the watersheds within the geographic area of the Santa Cruz Mountains.
Views of the Santa Cruz Mountains
Descriptions of Sub Regions (NW, SW, NE, SE)
Northwest Open Coast Region of the Santa Cruz Mountains (of, from and within)
Northeast Region of the Santa Cruz Mountains (of, from, and within)
Southwest Monterey Bay of the Santa Cruz Mountains (of, from and within)
Southeast Region of the Santa Cruz Mountains (of, from and within)
Views of Loma Prieta