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Our department is currently assisting the Public Health Department by deploying as many of our employees as possible to serve as Disaster Service Workers in support of the County’s mass vaccination efforts for COVID-19 relief.
Calendar Photo Contest
If you enjoy outdoor photography, enter our calendar contest and submit your best photos taken in Santa Clara County's 28 magnificent parks.
County Parks Reinstate Vehicle Entry Fees
Santa Clara County Parks will be returning to the collection of vehicle entry fees. The six-dollar ($6) collection fee will be effective April 5, 2021 at the parks listed. Other entrances have and will remain free to visitors.
Enjoy your County Parks virtually without leaving home!
Discover your Parks and some of their hidden gems through videos and live virtual programs.
#PixInParks Challenge begins January 4, 2021!
Seven magnificent new hiking adventures hand picked, all nearby, to get you outside and experience new terrain and spectacular vistas. To entice you to
escape to new destinatons
, a commemorative t-shirt or bandana awaits those who complete the
COVID-19 Updates for Park Access and Closures
Per the public health order on January 25, 2021, camping can reopen. We are currently taking reservations for Feb. 1, 2021 through July 26, 2021. Make your camping reservation at www.gooutsideandplay.org.
New and Returning Park Visitor Tips
What you need to know before visiting a County Park. There's plenty of good information in this short video for new and returning visitors on how to be prepared and to enjoy your County Parks safely.
Recommended Social Distancing Trail Maps
Discover hikes featuring road-width trails to make social distancing easy. Our print version maps and a mapping tool will help you to stay on the path. Visitors should park in main parking lots to avoid overcrowded trailhead parking on weekends.
Low Risk Park Activities Are Now Open.
Boating, golf courses, archery ranges and disc golf courses are now open. Please refer to the safety protocols for specific restrictions prior to visiting.
Our Commitment to the Community
In 2018 the Santa Clara County Board of Supervisors adopted the Parks Department’s Strategic Plan which guides Department investments for the next ten years. Read the Executive Summary for the highlights of this exciting plan to serve all the residents of Santa Clara County and protect our precious natural and cultural resources.
A 6-minute video highlighting Santa Clara County Park's legacy of providing outstanding recreational opportunities in beautiful natural locations
Features include nature, historical sites, outdoor recreation, and the people behind parks.
Parks donation program
Santa Clara County Parks & Recreation Department accepts charitable donations to restore and improve our renowned open spaces. Trees, benches, shade structures and other items make great gifts to both your beneficiary and your favorite park.
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