Coyote Valley Open Space Preserve is located at the western edge of the Coyote Valley, which provides a greenbelt between San Jose and Morgan Hill. While only 20 miles from downtown San Jose, this preserve offers a true rural and wilderness experience. Recreation amenities include a multi-use trail for hikers, mountain bikers, and equestrians.
On August 13th, 2015, Coyote Valley Open Space Preserve's Arrowhead Trail was certified by the National Park Service as an official interpretive site of the historic Juan Bautista de Anza Trail. The 4-mile long Arrowhead Loop Trail is open to visitors, and provides an opportunity to learn more about the expedition.
The Arrowhead Loop Trail leads to a ridgetop with stunning views of Mount Hamilton, Mount Umunhum, and the entire Coyote Valley. The preserve includes 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.
Coyote Valley is one of the Authority's top 10 priority natural landscapes remaining in Santa Clara County that is critically important to protect from development.
The area’s many conservation values include resilience to climate change, a rich cultural history, valuable water resources, exceptional recreational opportunities, farm and ranchland, and critical wildlife linkages that allow wildlife to cross between the Santa Cruz Mountains and the Diablo Range.
Learn more about our work in the Coyote Valley.