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Mystery Spot in Santa Cruz
Mystery Spot
465 Mystery Spot Rd, Santa Cruz, California, 95065
831-423-8897 | Visit Website
Category: Attractions

Mystery Spot

An alien landing site, a magma vortex, a gravity hill, a visual illusion. These are just some of the theories of the Mystery Spot, a gravitational anomaly located in the redwood forest just outside of Santa Cruz.
Guests come from around the globe to experience the unexplained forces at work here.

Mystery Spot Theories

Discovered in 1939 by a group of surveyors, the Mystery Spot has stumped hundreds of thousands of visitors since opening in 1940. While no one has yet solved the gravitational mystery, many have speculated that aliens have buried metal cones in the earth as a guidance system for their spacecraft.
Others believe there is an actual spaceship buried in the ground. Additional explanations include a hole in the ozone layer, a magma vortex, carbon dioxide permeating the ground, and the highest dielectric bio-cosmic radiation found anywhere on the planet.

The Experience

The Mystery Spot tour (a must do) is centered around the slanted mystery shack. The two-room wooden cabin is located uphill, and the peculiar gravitational shift can be felt during the short trek. A series of demonstrations aims to both fascinate and entertain visitors.
Before or after the tour, guests can enjoy a picturesque hike through the redwood forest, and a picnic in the shade of the majestic redwoods. Be sure to stop at the Mystery Spot Gift Shop to pick up a souvenir before heading back to Santa Cruz. For more information, visit, https://www.mysteryspot.com/.

Getting There

A winding road through the Santa Cruz Mountains leads tourists to the Mystery Spot. Just a short drive from Santa Cruz beach and our downtown Santa Cruz hotel, the Mystery Spot is definitely worth checking out when visiting Santa Cruz, CA. https://www.mysteryspot.com/


  • What are the visiting hours?

    The Mystery Spot is open 365 days a year. Hours are Monday through Friday 10 a.m. to 4 p.m., Saturday and Sunday 10 a.m. to 5 p.m.
  • What else is there to do at the Mystery Spot?

    Explore the majestic California redwoods with a short uphill hike that leads to a scenic view. The 15-minute trail can be hiked before or after your Mystery spot tour. The Snack Shack offers treats and meals to enjoy for picnics in the garden area. 
  • How long is the Mystery Spot tour?

    Tours are fully guided and last approximately 45 minutes. Plan to spend a bit longer if you plan to hike the redwood trail or enjoy a picnic. 

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