Tips & Guidelines
Enjoying the Outdoors
To enjoy outdoor adventures, be prepared and follow basic safety guidelines. While we do our best to create a safe environment, this is a nature preserve and wildlife call it home, so please stay on the trail. Be sure to visit Trail Conditions and Safety before leaving to check for trail closures and preserve notices.
Everyone in our community deserves equitable access to nature, regardless of age or physical mobility, so please see our accessibility information and resources below.
Before You Go
- Check trail Conditions and Safety to check for closures or advisories
- Tell friends and family where you are going and when you will return as cell coverage can be limited in preserves.
- Dress for all weather – bring layers and wear sturdy, closed-toe hiking shoes or boots.
- Please leave pets at home, as they are not allowed on open space preserves.
- Avoid leaving valuables in your car and consider leaving them at home or taking them on the trail for safekeeping.
- Pack properly. See our suggested Packing list below.
Basic Packing List
- Extra water - drinking water is not available in the preserves
- Lunch of snacks, especially if hiking with children
- A wide-brimmed hat
- Insect Repellent
- Small backpack for extra clothes or equipment
Be Courteous to Others
When attending a group activity, please arrive at your designated meeting place a few minutes early. Choose an activity that fits your interests and skill level, and above all, have fun!
Providing equitable access to nature is important to us, and we want visitors with all levels of ability to be able to enjoy it. Please visit our resources to find a nature adventure that works for you!
- To reserve accessible parking, call us at (408) 224-7476 during our office hours, Monday - Friday from 8am - 5pm, before hitting the trail.
- The Llagas Creek Loop is an ADA trail at Rancho Cañada del Oro Open Space Preserve, which also offers both accessible bathrooms and parking.
- Some of the best paved trails in Santa Clara County can be found here.
- Learn more about our public access projects to expand accessibility, like the one at Coyote Valley Open Space Preserve.
- Check back in the future for more accessibility resources. We are working to provide you with all the information you need before heading out to our preserves. Please email our ADA Coordinator at email@example.com, if you have any questions, concerns, or specific accessibility resource requests.