Open Space Preserves
UPDATE as of Tuesday, 6/2/2020
The City of Palo Alto has issued a Curfew Order that begins June 2 and ends June 11. During this time, all Open Space Preserves will close at 8:00 PM.
Baylands Nature Preserve, Arastradero Preserve and Foothills Park are now open to vehicles.
Baylands Nature Preserves restrooms are now open. The Foothills Park Entrance and Orchard Glen restrooms are open, while the Foothills Park Interpretive Center remains closed. The Arastradero Preserve restrooms are now open. All BBQ areas, benches and water fountains in all preserves remain closed.
Please respect other park visitors and keep at least 6 feet apart if not of the same household. When letting others pass on trails, be aware of snakes, ticks, Poison Oak and your footing when making room off the trail.
Closures are in the interest of public health and safety and in alignment with the County of Santa Clara Public Health Department’s order to shelter in place. The City is urging the community to stay at home. This will save lives. If large crowds continue at our parks and Open Space Preserves, we will have no choice but to close them for the safety of the whole community.Please stay close to home. Thank you for your understanding.
Open Space Preserves
Palo Alto's open space preserves offer trails from the marshes of the bay to the redwoods of the Santa Cruz mountains. The Baylands Preserve has some of the last remaining salt marsh and mud flat habitats on the west coast. It offers excellent birding year round. Pearson-Arastradero Preserve is a beautiful mixture of rolling grassland and broadleaf evergreen forest. Each area of the preserve has something different: views of the bay, a quiet grassland stroll, or a snooze by the lake. Esther Clark Nature Preserve is a good place for quiet meditation or watching the sun set. Foothills Park is a 1,400-acre preserve with rugged chaparral, woodland, fields, and a lake. Hike on 15 miles of trail, have a picnic, or enjoy spectacular views of the bay from Vista Hill. This park is open to Palo Alto residents and their accompanied guests only.
Open Space offers a variety of nature programs, hikes, camps, walks, and other activities in the preserves. Activities and Programs
All Open Space Nature Preserves are open daily from 8:00 am until sunset, every day of the year. Park Hours