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Santa Cruz is a coastal town in central California. The Santa Cruz Mountain Bike Festival grounds are located 8 miles east in Aptos, behind Aptos Village Shopping Center. The best address to use for finding directions is 417 Trout Gulch Road, Aptos, CA 95003.

There is no parking available at the venue (although ample parking is available for $10 at Seacliff State Beach, just one mile away). Festival attendees and participants are encouraged to carpool or ride their bikes to the festival in support of our “green” efforts. Parking at businesses that are operating on Saturday or Sunday may result in your vehicle being towed. The road adjacent to  the venue, Granite Way is also a “No Parking, Tow Away Zone.” We will have parking marshals and signs enforcing parking restrictions on Granite Way.

  • Bike Parking: Free, secure bike valet parking on the Expo grounds will be provided by People Power of Santa Cruz. Ride your commuter bike to the festival and try out a mountain bike from one of the many bike demo vendors.
  • Vehicle Parking: Ample parking is available at an easy 1 mile pedal from Seacliff State Beach upper parking lot for $10 per vehicle (cheaper than being towed). Stay tuned for more parking options.
  • Handicap Parking: This event is accessible. Please call 831-345-1881 in advance for reasonable accommodation request.

Nearby Hotels

Nearby Camping

  • New Brighton Beach, 3 miles from SCMBF
  • Manresa Uplands State Beach, 6 miles from SCMBF
  • KOA Santa Cruz/Monterey Bay, 9.5 miles from SCMBF

Hours & Schedule
Saturday 9am-6pm; Sunday 9am-5pm. See detailed schedule for event/activities timing.

Zero Waste Event
HydroLogic will provide filtered water at the event; please bring your reusable water bottles to the event and leave the bottled water behind. Bottled water will not be available for sale at the event. Our operations will be powered by the sun courtesy Sandbar Solar. Carpooling and biking to the event will further diminish the festival’s impact on the planet. We thank you in advance for sharing the ride festival. Free, secure bike valet parking on the Expo grounds will be provided by People Power of Santa Cruz.

Dog Policy
Canine friends are welcome on leash if well behaved in a crowd. Gifts left behind  must be cleaned up promptly by their human.

Want to participate in an event?
Kids aged 3-12, Juniors 13-16, and Amateurs, Experts & Pros aged 17+ are welcome to participate in a variety of events, including skills clinics, fun rides, speed and style competitions. Visit our Events section for more details.

Not competing?
There are plenty of opportunities to participate in the Santa Cruz Mountain Bike Festival aside from registering for an event. Spectate, volunteer, shop, eat & drink, demo a rig, catch a shuttle… and more! Visit the Expo page for more info.