Baylands Nature Preserve

view of Baylands Nature Preserve marsh

Baylands Nature Preserve

Bounded by Mountain View and East Palo Alto, the 1,940-acre Baylands Preserve is one of the largest tracts of undisturbed marshland remaining in the San Francisco Bay. Fifteen miles of multi-use trails provide access to a unique mixture of tidal and fresh water habitats.

Many consider this area to be one of the best bird watching areas on the west coast. The preserve has a substantial resident population of birds as well as being a major migratory stopover on the Pacific Flyway.

Things To Do

Include walking, running or biking on 15 miles of trails; bird watching; wind surfing and boating (non-motorized craft such as canoes, kayaks or small, hand-launched boats and sailboards). The city also offers a variety of nature walks and programs on ecology and natural history. See the Activities and Programs page for more information.

Preserve Rules

These are a few of the rules to help everyone enjoy this nature preserve:

  • Dogs must be on leash at all times. More information is on our Dogs page. Report dogs off leash to the ranger station at 650-617-3156.
  • No collecting of plants or animals.
  • Groups of 25 or more must have a permit. Please visit our Groups and Special Events page for more information. 

Baylands Nature Preserve
Ranger Station
2500 Embarcadero Road
Palo Alto, CA 94303
650-617-3156
open.space@cityofpaloalto.org
Location Map

Open every day of the year from 8:00 a.m. until sunset. Click here for Park Hours

 

COMMUNITY UPDATE EVENT - November 9th, 7-9 p.m.

 

TRAIL CROSSING CLOSURE NOTICE

 

Baylands Trail Map

Palo Alto Open Space Trail Map

Special Events Permit and Application

Lucy Evans Baylands Nature Interpretive Center
2775 Embarcadero Road
650-329-2506

 

Hours of Operation:

Wednesday - Friday, 2-5 pm

Saturday and Sunday, 10am-2pm

 

  Winter Hours (Nov. 15 - Jan. 31)

  Wednesday - Friday, 1-4 pm

  Saturday and Sunday 10am-2pm

 

Holiday Closures:

Friday, November 10th

Sundays, Dec. 24th and Jan. 31st

 

Sunday Naturalist Walks

Free program; meets in the Nature Center lobby at 10:30 and 12:30

 

Field Trips:

Field trips are offered through the Palo Alto Junior Museum & Zoo. See the "field trips" section of our class offerings.

 

To rent, call the Junior Museum and Zoo at 650-329-2111
Location Map


Environmental Volunteers
2560 Embarcadero Road
Palo Alto, CA 94303
650 493 6800


Byxbee Park Hills (Art Park)
2375 Embarcadero Road
650-617-3156
Location Map

Baylands Athletic Center
(baseball and softball)
1900 Geng Road
650-329-2697
Location Map

Picnic Area
2500 Embarcadero Road
Adjacent to the Ranger Station Available first-come, first-serve for groups of 24 or fewer. For larger groups, see the Groups and Special Events page.


Last Updated: Nov 7, 2017
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