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Chitactac-Adams Heritage County Park

Published on: 10/20/2016 12:39 PM
Park Info

Plan Your Trip to Chitactac-Adams Heritage County Park

Hours of Operation


Open Year-Round
8:00 a.m. – Sunset



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


Contact Info

Chitactac-Adams Heritage County Park
10001 Watsonville Rd
Gilroy, CA 95020


Park Office: (408) 842-2341
School Program

Information: (408) 846-5632

Senior Park

Ranger: John Heenan

(408) 335-3293
Senior Park Maintenance

Worker: William Howsmon

(408) 479-0192

Chitactac-Adams, Photo Welcome to Chitactac-Adams Heritage County Park. This beautiful and culturally significant 4.5 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 Amah Mutsun Tribe who occupied the area for thousands of years prior to arrival of the Spanish in the late 1700s. The park includes a self-guided interpretive walk and an interpretive shelter focusing on tribal culture and the Adams schoolhouse which was located on this property from the 1850s until 1956.
The site also includes a reproduction of an Amah Mutsun village which includes a tule house, acorn granary and lean-to. To see more information on the village structures view here.

How to Get There

Chitactac-Adams Heritage County Park is located at:
10001 Watsonville Rd Gilroy, CA 95020
Park Office: (408) 842-2341
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 trailChitactac-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 highlighting the Adams School, Chitactac village life, tule structures, petroglyphs (rock art), use of bedrock mortars for food processing, and the natural and cultural history of Uvas Creek.
Teachers and community groups may request a guided interactive educational program at the site.  These 2.5-hour programs are offered weekday mornings 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 35 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 educational programs and teaching resources, email or call the park interpreter at (408) 846-5632.
The site includes chemical toilets, potable water and a limited number of picnic tables. No barbecue facilities are available.

Hours and Fees

tree in front of a buildingThe park is open daily year-round from 8 a.m. - sunset. There are no vehicle entry fees.
The self-guided tour and exhibit shelter are accessible all times the park is open.
Groups of 10 or more who wish to visit the park on weekday mornings are advised to contact the park interpreter in advance at (408) 846-5632 to find out if their groups’ activities may be impacted by previously scheduled events in the park.
Guided educational programs are available by reservation for groups of up to 35 students. Teacher’s packets are available online and materials are available for classroom loan. View 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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