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Published on: 5/28/2020 9:48 AM
Dear Customers, 

Low Risk Park Activities Are Now Open

Together, We Are Making A Difference

As stewards of Santa Clara County Parks, we are honored to provide a natural respite from the area's shelter in place health order. Together, we have successfully demonstrated the ability to use parks in a safe manner which has provided on-going access to park trails, bathroom facilities and parking lots during the health crisis.
In accordance to the County's Recreation Guidance and Facilities order, we are pleased to announce Boating reservations are now available to resume recreational power and non-power boating activities. Boating is limited to single boaters or members of the same household only. Boating is permitted at Calero, Coyote Lake and Stevens Creek (non-power boating only) County Parks starting Saturday, May 23, 2020 with a reservation. Reservations are required 7 days a week for both power and non-power boats. Please visit to book your boating reservation.

Please review and practice the new safety protocols for recreational boating.

  • Allowed use is limited to a single operator or within members of your household.
  • All inspection forms must be filled out and signed prior to inspection.
  • Reservations are required for power and non-power boats.
  • All persons must maintain a minimum of 6ft. of physical distance from other individual(s) at all times.
  • All vehicles must be placed in PARK and please remain in your vehicle when approached by a boat inspector or park staff.
  • Wearing a face mask is strongly urged. A mask should be on your person at all times and readily available for use.
  • Groups and gatherings are prohibited.
  • If you have a fever, cough or feel unwell, please stay at home or seek medical attention from your health care provider.
  • In addition to COVID-19 requirements, all other SCCP boating restrictions and rules apply.
  • Please follow all guidelines & recommendations from the CDC, State and County Public Health Departments.

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Park Closures & Access Update

Through May 31, 2020

All classes, programs and special events have been cancelled or postponed through May 31, 2020. Park closures consist of Field Sports Park, Metcalf Motorcycle Park, Lexington Reservoir, dog parks, campgrounds, museums, visitor centers, group sites, yurts and playgrounds (Ed Levin, Martial Cottle Discovery Farm, Vasona and Hellyer).

Overcrowding of parking lots and trails can cause temporary closures. This is a fluid situation designed to control the amount of vehicles and visitors at any given time. Turnover can happen fairly quickly as park staff monitors the flow of attendance. Our goal is to keep as many Parks open as possible so people can continue to enjoy the trails in a safe and healthy manner while practicing social distancing. See our recommended social distancing hikes featuring road-width trails.

Low risk park activities including golf courses, archery ranges and disc golf courses have reopened. Thank you for continuing to abide by the new safety protocols to help keep these areas open. Below are the safety protocols for each activity.

Please note that Uvas County Park requires reservations for day use, 7-days a week (and holidays) through July 5, 2020. Trail use and parking requires a pre-booked ticket. Visit​ or call 408-355-2201 to make your reservation.

If you have a question​, please email​


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. ​
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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Bringing Parks to Homes

Our ranger and docent-led activities are on hold during the shelter in place period, but we've been busy finding new ways to bring parks to homes. Check out County Parks newest collection of virtual outdoor videos. From story time, nature walks, craft demonstrations to park museum tours, beginning birding, and visitor center tours...there's something here for everyone! Bookmark the page because new videos are published every 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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