Open space preserves are open to the public for your enjoyment and we strongly encourage you to come prepared for the outdoors. Always remember to let others know where you’re going and when you’ll return home as cell service can be limited in the preserves. Before hitting the trail, be prepared for all types of weather conditions and carry enough water and snacks for the entire day.
3/25/20 PUBLIC SAFETY NOTICE
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Due to the Santa Clara County Public Health Department’s shelter in place order, the Open Space Authority will be closing its office until April 7, 2020.
Administrative staff are working from home, and all in-person docent-led and volunteer stewardship events are canceled through April 30, 2020. This is to ensure the health and safety of you and our staff during this time. To keep you connected with open space, we will be providing interactive virtual nature events
to attend from the comfort of your own home. Please visit our Events Page
to learn more.
The Open Space Authority strongly believes that connecting people to nature and outdoor open spaces is more important than ever, as being in nature provides important personal physical and mental health benefits. At this time, our open space preserves will remain open for the public to enjoy nature in a safe and healthy manner.
During this time, we are taking extra precautions to ensure the health of preserve visitors and staff. Please observe the following rules and conditions:
- Sierra Vista will be closing at 5:00 p.m. daily.
- All visitors must travel clockwise around the Arrowhead Trail at Coyote Valley.
- The equestrian parking lot at Coyote Valley will be closed to equestrian parking and open to regular vehicle parking, weather permitting. Equestrians should visit Rancho Cañada del Oro Open Space Preserve for horseback riding.
- Every other parking space at Coyote Valley will be closed to maximize social distancing space between cars.
On the Trails
- Follow the CDC’s guidance on personal hygiene prior to heading to trails: wash hands, carry hand sanitizer, and cover your mouth and nose when coughing or sneezing.
- If you are feeling sick, please stay home for your own health and the health of other preserve visitors.
- When visiting preserves, keep social distancing of at least six feet between each other and staff. Practice this to know what it looks like, and keep it as you walk, bike, or hike. Do not gather in parking lots, at picnic tables, or on the trails. Staff will be patrolling preserves to direct visitors to spread out on the trails.
- Warn other trail users of your presence and as you pass to allow proper distance, and step off trails to allow others to pass, keeping recommended distances at all times. Signal your presence with your voice, bell, or horn.
- Preserve restrooms are closed until further notice. Bring your own hand sanitizer.
- Bring a suitable trash bag. Leave no trash, and take everything out to protect preserve staff.
- Printed maps will not be available at preserves. Please download a map from our website before you go or take a picture of the map at the kiosk before you go on the trails.