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BACDS Spring Fling Dance Weekend

March 19 - 21, 2010

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Photo courtesy of Dan Vilter

Monte Toyon (which means "mountain with the Toyon bush") is a beautiful site, nestled at the foot of the Santa Cruz mountains.  It gives the idyllic impression of being remote and far away from it all, yet is less than 15 minutes from the beach, the Pacific Coast Highway, or the civilizing influence of Aptos with the modern conveniences of grocery stores and  coffee/espresso bars.  It's located at: 220 Cloister Lane, Aptos, CA 95003-2910.

The Monte Toyon facility's own web pages contain information showing pictures and descriptions of the  accommodations at Cary Lodge and the Miller & Morris dormitories.  You can also see some of the activity areas: Helgesson Hall, Hollidge Hall, or the Dining Hall.    The camp map shows the site layout including roadways, buildings, parking, hiking trails and a lot more.

Aptos is located about 8 miles south of Santa Cruz along California Hwy 1. (about an hour south of San Jose, or two hours south of San Francisco).  If you're flying in from out of town, San Jose Airport is closer and preferable to San Francisco Airport, although both will work.  To get a better idea of travel time and transportation concerns, see our FAQ page.

Photo courtesy of Dan Vilter

To figure your own personal route use this full-size interactive map.  However, here are a few suggested routes below as well.


region_map.gif (15761 bytes)If you're coming from the north or east, the main idea is to first get to the San Jose area.  To do that:

Once in San Jose (or heading south on I-880, which eventually becomes CA Hwy 17):

  1. Take Hwy 17 South towards Santa Cruz.
  2. Head south on the Pacific Coast Highway (CA-1) towards Watsonville/Monterey. Note: This is where traffic starts to back up.
  3. Take the State Park Drive (exit 435 - previously the Seacliff-Aptos exit) and turn left from the off ramp.
  4. Turn right at the traffic light onto Soquel Drive (note shopping center here).
  5. Continue under the railroad trestle.
  6. Bear left at the stop sign and continue into Aptos Village to the stop sign at Post Office Drive.
  7. Turn left onto Post Office Drive (formally Trout Gulch Road), crossing over the railroad tracks.
  8. Turn left onto Cathedral Drive at the Monte Toyon Camp sign.
  9. Monte Toyon is 1.5 miles along Cathedral Drive.  Look for the 2nd Monte Toyon Camp sign.

If you're coming from south of Santa Cruz, you pretty much want to find CA Hwy 1 heading north.  To get there:

  • From Monterey - CA Hwy 1 north
  • From the Central Coast - US-101 north to Country Road G12 west, follow signs to CA Hwy 1 north
  • From Los Angeles - I-5 north to CA Hwy 152 west, to US-101 south, to CA Hwy 129 west, to CA Hwy 1 north
Once in Watsonville (or heading north on CA Hwy 1 - the Pacific Coast Hwy - towards Santa Cruz), take the State Park Drive (exit 435 - previously the Seacliff-Aptos exit), turn right from the off ramp, and follow directions from step 4 above.
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