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Published on: 12/11/2020 11:44 AM

Camping Update

As of December 7, 2020, camping is closed due to the public health order. This includes RV camping.


Park Closures & Access Update

Santa Clara County Parks remain open to individual household use under the current health order as of December 7, 2020. All persons must always maintain a minimum of 6 feet of physical distancing from other persons. Face coverings are required at all times, even while exercising outdoor if unable to maintain 6 feet of social distancing. 

All in-park classes, programs and special events have been cancelled or postponed. Park closures consist of museums, visitor centers, group sites, and camping. Religious outdoor ceremonies are allowed by permit only. 
Parks activities including archery, disc golf facilities, golf courses, Field Sports Park, Metcalf Motorcycle Park and dog parks remain open for members of the same household only. 

Playgrounds have reopened 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. Maintain 6 feet of distancing between children and adults from different households including children using or waiting to use play structures or play areas, and families waiting to enter the playground.

Uvas County Park requires reservations for day use parking on weekends and holidays until further notice. Trail use and parking requires a pre-booked ticket.

To make obtain a permit, call the reservations office at (408-355-2201 Monday through Friday, 8:30am - 12:00pm and 1pm - 4pm except holidays. If you have any questions, please email​.

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Parks Partner Safety Protocols


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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