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Published on: 6/21/2021 4:00 PM
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Park Closures & Access Update (updated June 21, 2021)


Group picnic sites and group site camping are once again open for reservations. Please contact the Reservations Office at 408-355-2201 to make a reservation or visit www.gooutsideandplay.org. For mega events of 5,000 attendees or above, please contact the Reservations team at 408-355-2201.

Visitor centers, with the exception of the Bernal House at Santa Teresa County Park, remain closed. Casa Grande Museum also remains closed.

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

Questions regarding reservations, please email Reservations@prk.sccgov.org or call 408-355-2201.

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

And finally, remember the pandemic is not over. If you’re sick, stay home. Continue to practice good hygiene. Mask are required to be worn by the public when indoors at County facilities and buildings.


Current Park Closures:

  • In-person park classes, programs and special events
  • Museums and visitor centers (with the exception of the Bernal House at Santa Teresa County Park).

For general information or inquires, please contact parkinfo@prk.sccgov.org​.


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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 Park Maps for physical distancing available! 6' distanceSocial Distancing Hikes
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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