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Ponderosa Lodge

Intentionally designed for active group ministry

Whether your group wants to swim in the pool, hike, play laser tag, conquer ropes courses, soar down the zipline, or even take a gather in the quiet, serene spaces, Ponderosa Lodge is the place for you to take your group to the next level and encounter Jesus in a unique way.


Close to everything yet a world apart

Ponderosa Lodge is located 7 miles outside the city of Santa Cruz, in the Santa Cruz Mountains, along California's Central Coast.

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Let us make your life easy! We'll handle the food, lodging, meeting spaces and even recreation. Work with our Guest Group Coordinator to customize what your group will need.

Weekend Retreat

2 Nights
6 Meals

Starting at

$225 / person

Fall-Winter-Spring Options

We want to find a time that works for you! Our current availability is reflected below.
Don’t see what you’re looking for? Give us a call and we’ll turn over every stone to see what we can do for you.

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Meeting Rooms.

Welcoming spaces to connect

Gather together in both indoor and outdoor spaces and connect to your groups deeper purpose.


Comfy accommodations to refresh each guest

Gather together in both indoor and outdoor spaces and connect to your groups deeper purpose.




Cabins not only have 8 beds in the form of bunks, but in each cabin has two showers, two toilets, three sinks, a rollaway bed and are located close to all of the action at Ponderosa Lodge. When choosing an experience at Ponderosa Lodge, don't forget to bring your sleeping bag!
  • Bunkhouse style room set up.



Cabin Details


  • Bunkhouse style
  • Bring your own bedding and toiletries
  • 3 sinks, 2 toilets, 2 showers in each cabin
  • Hand soap provided


Common Spaces

Renew your perspective in God's Creation

Mount Hermon's natural setting, nestled in the mighty redwoods is the perfect place to pause, reflect and renew your relationship with friends and God.


Transform your group with intentional adventure

Shared, common, unique experiences bring groups together like nothing else. Our dedicated recreation team will make your adventure easy and fun!

Self Directed Fun

Game Room
Sport Court
Recreation Field

Guided Adventures

  • Climbing Wall

    Three challenging climbs up our 32ft wall. $75 per hour serving up to 20 guests per hour.

  • Swimming

    Large lap pool and diving tank with aqua climbing wall! Rates start at $150.

  • Laser Tag

    Specialty taggers designed to play competitive games like "infection" and "king of the hill." $150 for two hours of play. Up to 20 people.

Prefer to join one of our events?

You can bring your whole group to an event that's already been planned! We offer events for men, women, couples and youth year-round! Click here to find out more.

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Let's make it happen!

Our team is ready to help you get just what your group needs. Fill out an inquiry form today to get started!
Becky Borst
Becky Borst

Director of Guest Group Services

| 831.430.4333

Rachel Wyatt
Rachel Wyatt

Event Services

| 831.430.4332