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Published on: 5/26/2021 11:41 AM

Park Closures & Access Update (updated May 25, 2021)

As the order eases, and we enter the least restrictive Yellow Tier, Santa Clara County Parks is opening the group sites, with some modifications.

Group picnic sites will be available for use by May 28, 2021, just in time for Memorial Day Weekend. Group campsites are being prepared and will be made available to reserve on-line beginning May 28. Depending on the site’s capacity, gatherings are permitted for groups of up to 100 people. Some sites may accommodate more than 100 people and have additional conditions. If you are interested in hosting an event with over 100 attendees, please contact the Reservations Office at 408-355-2201 to obtain the information and necessary permit documents.  

Please be advised of the following:

  • Food, beverages and concessions are permitted for events and we encourage a designated server. 
  • The designated host is responsible for ensuring that all attendees comply with the latest local and state Public Health Orders.
  • The designated host must maintain the contact information for all attendees. If an attendee tests positive for COVID-19 the host shall assist the County Public Health Department in any case investigation and contact tracing associated with the gathering.

Santa Clara County Parks' picnic sites remain open for groups up to 25 people maximum on a first come first serve basis (up to 3 tables). Holding picnic tables for groups exceeding 25 people is not allowed.

Playgrounds are open for public use following COVID-19 protocols. An adult must actively supervise each child at all times to make sure that children two years of age or older keep their face covering over their nose and mouth and stay 6-feet away from adults and children outside their household. Adults must be masked at all times. Children and adults must maintain 6-feet of distance from different households including children using or waiting to use play structures or play areas, and families waiting to enter the playground. Remember to wash hands frequently and sanitize frequent touch areas. 

Individual/family campsites are available to reserve up to 6 months in advance. Reservations are limited to eight people per site. Campsites are limited to two cars per site. Showers are available. Go to to make your reservation.

Uvas County Park REQUIRES reservations for day use parking 7-days a week. Trail use and parking requires a pre-booked ticket. Visit to make your reservation. Print a copy of your reservation to visibly place on your dashboard.

Questions regarding reservations, please email or call 408-355-2201.

Please be aware, service levels and response times may be temporarily impacted because of low staffing from reassigning employees to Disaster Service Workers. Your patience and understanding is kindly appreciated while we provide essential support to help overcome the pandemic. 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. These employees are temporarily assigned new roles providing essential aid at testing sites and with the distribution of vaccines and inoculation of residents countywide.​​

Current Park Closures:

  • In-person park classes, programs and special events
  • Museums and visitor centers
  • Drinking fountains

Please be aware, service levels and response times may be temporarily impacted because of low staffing from reassigning employees to Disaster Service Workers. Your patience and understanding is kindly appreciated while we provide essential support to help overcome the pandemic. 

For general information or inquires, please contact​.

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The hiker brings water with him during hikeKnow Before You Go 
Be Prepared - Bring Plenty of Water

The warmer weather reminds us of the need to come prepared when visiting a County Park. Always bring sufficient water for the household group or yourself while recreating, especially now because water fountains remain closed. Wear loose-fitting clothing and apply sunscreen often to avoid the risk of sunburns.

Be sure to take all personal items with you when you leave the park. Pack out what you pack in. Be courteous and share the trails safely. Foot traffic and bikers must yield to equestrians. Bikers must warn foot traffic with a sounding device or verbal warning before passing safely on the left. Park bathroom facilities are open and available for park visitor use. ​
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Wide-trail Mapping Tools

Enjoy this list of recommended hikes featuring road-width trails to make social distancing easy. Convenient print versions of the trail maps are available to carry along and a mapping tool that allows you to follow your hiking path without the use of an internet connection. The best time to hike is off-peak hours, Monday through Thursday from 10am to 2pm to ensure healthy distances.

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Watch Where You Step

If you see snake, the best thing to do is to stop, assess the situation, slowly back away, and wait at a safe distance for the snake to leave. If there is a way to detour far around the snake, that's a good option too. Being snake-safe is just as important for you as it is to the snake, so instead of being nervous or fearful, be prepared and focus on the cool experience of seeing wildlife. Most snakes are harmless and nonvenomous, like the king snake pictured here.

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Bringing Parks to Homes

Staff and docent-led activities inside the parks are on hold during the shelter in place period, but we've been busy finding new ways to bring parks to you. Check out our lineup of virtual activities and videos at the link below or visit our education page​ for more information on interpretive programs. From story time to craft demonstrations to museum tours...there's something here for everyone! Bookmark the page to see new videos each week.

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​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.​

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