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Chitactac-Adams County Park

Published on: 2/5/2016 4:03 PM
Park Info

Plan Your Trip to Chitactac-Adams

Hours of Operation

Open year round
8:00 AM – Sunset


Amphitheater (outdoor); Historic Site; Interpretive Program; Picnicking; Nature Trails


Contact Info

10001 Watsonville Rd.
Gilroy, CA 95020

(408) 842-2341 for general park information
(408) 846-5632 for school program information

Senior Park Ranger:
John Heenan (408) 335-3293,
Senior Park Maintenance Worker: William Howsman (408) 479-0192

Chitactac-Adams Heritage County ParkWelcome to Chitactac-Adams Heritage County Park. This beautiful and culturally significant 4.3-acre park site is located just minutes from the cities of Gilroy and Morgan Hill. The park features the beautiful Uvas Creek and a wealth of cultural artifacts including bedrock mortars and petroglyphs left by the Ohlone Indians. The park includes a self-guided interpretive walk and an interpretive shelter focusing on Ohlone Indian culture and the Adams schoolhouse which was sited on this property from the 1850s until 1956.

The site also includes a reproduction of an Ohlone village which includes a tule house, acorn granary and lean-to. To see more information on the village structures click here.

How to Get There

From Highway 101, take the Tennant Avenue exit in Morgan Hill and proceed west towards Monterey Highway. Turn left (south) on Monterey Highway and travel approximately 0.5 mile south to Watsonville Road. Take Watsonville Road west 5.5 miles to the park site which is located on the west side of the road across from the intersection of Watsonville Road and Burchell Road.

adams trailActivities

Chitactac Adams Heritage County Park offers a unique view into the Native American culture of Santa Clara County before and after the arrival of the Spanish. A self-guided interpretive walk around the site, including eight stations with interpretive panels, is supplemented by an interpretive shelter and seven additional panels and displays. The trail panels include photographs and original art covering the Adams School, Ohlone village life, Ohlone buildings, petroglyphs (rock art), Ohlone food processing, natural history of Uvas Creek, Spanish, California and Ohlone culture and petroglyphs and their preservation. Teachers and community groups may wish to schedule a guided interactive educational program at the site for their students.  These 2.5-hour programs are offered Monday through Friday and give students a glimpse of what life was like for the Native American people that once inhabited this site.  Programs are $50 with a maximum of 50 students per program. Documented Title 1 schools are eligible for a 50% reduction in fees.  See the Request Form - Chitactac School Program for further information.  For additional information about our programs, teaching resources and pricing, call (408) 846-5632, email or click on the links at the bottom of this page.

The site includes chemical toilets, potable water and a limited number of picnic tables. No barbecue facilities are available.

Beautiful tree in this parkHours and Fees

The park is open daily year-round from 8am-sunset. There are no vehicle entry fees. The self-guided tour and exhibit shelter are accessible all times the park is open. Guided educational programs are available by reservation for groups of up to 70 students. Please call (408) 846-5632 for program information and availability. Teacher’s packets are available online and materials are available for classroom loan. Click here for more information about these and other resources for educators.


In compliance with the requirements of Title II of the Americans with Disabilities Act of 1990 ('ADA'),the Santa Clara County Parks and Recreation Department will not discriminate against qualified individuals with disabilities on the basis of disability in its programs, services, or activities. The Department will make reasonable modifications to policies and programs to ensure that people with disability have an equal opportunity to enjoy our programs, services, facilities, and activities. If you need assistance with an ADA request, please contact our ADA Coordinator.

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