Opened in June 2015, the 348-acre Coyote Valley Open Space Preserve is located at the western edge of Coyote Valley, which lies in the 7,400 acre Valley floor and greenbelt between San Jose and Morgan Hill. The Open Space Authority has identified the Coyote Valley as one of top ten priority natural landscapes remaining in Santa Clara County that are critically important to protect from development. The preserve’s many conservation values include rich cultural history, valuable water resources, exceptional recreational opportunities, farm and ranchland, and a critical wildlife corridor.
While only 20 miles from downtown San Jose, Coyote Valley offers a true rural and wilderness experience. Recreation amenities include a multi-use trail for hikers, cyclists and equestrians. The 4-mile long Arrowhead Loop Trail leads to a ridgetop with stunning views of Mount Hamilton, Mount Umunhum and the entire Coyote Valley. The preserve is complete with a paved parking lot, ADA accessible restroom, picnic tables and space for horse trailers. Visitors can also learn about the area’s important wildlife, cultural resources and water resources through a series of beautiful educational panels.
Please Note: No water is available at trailheads, parking lot, or along the trail. At this time, dogs are not permitted on Open Space Authority lands or trails including the Coyote Valley parking area.
Coyote Valley Trails
Arrowhead Trail—First Leg
Distance: 1.7 miles
You begin on the Heart’s Delight Trail and travel along the base of a large hill studded with rare serpentine rock outcroppings. Switch to the Arrowhead Loop Trail and gently ascend to a scenic overlook with sweeping views of the Coyote Valley Region.
Arrowhead Trail—Second Leg
Distance: 3.3 miles
From the first scenic overlook, you climb 300 feet and survey a canopy of oaks. Cross over two sturdy, redwood bridges and pass by a bench. The second scenic outlook is at nearly 800 feet in elevation.
Arrowhead Full Loop Trail
Distance: 4 miles
Continue on the trail to a service road along a ridgeline. Among annual grasslands you see a short spur trail leading to a secluded picnic table. As you descend to the valley floor and reach the Heart’s Delight Trail, scan the meadow for sly coyotes and soaring raptors.
From Highway 101 take Bailey Avenue west. Turn left on Santa Teresa Boulevard. Turn right on Palm Avenue. The preserve is at the end of Palm Avenue.