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SEEKING PUBLIC COMMENT – OHV Grant for Metcalf Motorcycle County Park
Santa Clara County Parks has submitted a preliminary application for a California State Parks OHMV state grant for funds to support ground operations, law enforcement, and safety and education at Metcalf Motorcycle County Park. The County and State are seeking comments from the public and stakeholders on the grant application during the period March 4 through May 4. To access the grant applications for review, click HERE. All public comments will be considered prior to submitting the final application.
The park is always closed on Tuesday and Wednesday.
*Metcalf Motorcycle Park is closed as of March 18, 2020.
RED STICKER RIDING SEASON UPDATE
After further clarification and research into the California Off-Highway Vehicle regulations and the intent behind the exceptions to the Red Sticker Riding Seasons we have come to the conclusion that it will not be possible for the Department to eliminate or modify the established Red Sticker Riding Season for Motorcycle County Park (MCP). Call the park office at (408) 226-5223 for more information.
Red Sticker Riding Schedule for Metcalf Motorcycle County Park: October 1 - April 30
Welcome to Metcalf Motorcycle County Park, the County park system's only off-road vehicle park. This 445 acre park is located in the grass covered hills of south east Santa Clara Valley. Motorcycle County Park offers trails for the advanced and beginner motorcyclist and ATV rider. In addition to the 16.99 miles of dirt trails, there are motocross tracks and a Quarter Midget track, picnic areas and restroom facilities.
How to Get There
Metcalf Motorcycle County Park is located at:
300 Metcalf Rd San Jose, CA 95138
Park Office: (408) 226-5223
The park is located in the foothills off Metcalf Road in south San Jose east of US Highway 101. The park may be accessed from the Bernal Road exit off Highways 101 and 85. From the Bernal Road exit, proceed west about 0.2 miles to Monterey Highway south. Take Monterey Highway south 1.25 miles to Metcalf Road. Turn left and proceed up Metcalf Road 2.5 miles to the park entrance.
Metcalf Motorcycle County Park's 445 acres contain over 16 miles of Off-Highway Vehicle (OHV) trail and tracks. Straddling a thousand foot high ridge, these park trails afford riders vistas ranging from Gilroy to San Francisco. The park facilities include:
- Motocross competition track
- Mini-motocross track (150cc four stroke or 100cc two stroke or less)
- Beginner's oval
- 12 miles of main trails (beginners/intermediate)
- 8 miles of single track enduro (expert) trails
- Hill climb area
- Trials Obstacle Courses (3)
- Shaded picnic areas, restrooms, visitor center, food/drink vending machines
- A 1/20th mile paved oval track operated by the Baylands Quarter Midget Racing Association, for quarter midget racing and practice.
In addition to a restroom building, there are picnic tables located at several locations. No tools will be loaned from the office.
View Metcalf Motorcycle County Park for current trail conditions, park hours and special events!
Hours and Fees
January: 8:00 a.m. - 5:00 p.m.
February: 8:00 a.m. - 5:30 p.m.
March: 8:00 a.m. - 6:00 p.m. (+ one hour for daylight savings = 7:00 pm)
April: 8:00 a.m. - 7:30 p.m.
May: 8:00 a.m. - 8:00 p.m.
June: 8:00 a.m. - 8:00 p.m.
July: 8:00 a.m. - 8:00 p.m.
August: 8:00 a.m. - 7:30 p.m.
September: 8:00 a.m. - 7:00 p.m.
October: 8:00 a.m. - 6:30 p.m.
November: 8:00 a.m. - 6:00 p.m. (- one hour for daylight savings = 5:00 p.m.)
December: 8:00 a.m. - 4:30 p.m.
The park is open Thursday through Monday and closed on Tuesdays and Wednesdays. The park is open on ALL holidays that do not fall on a Tuesday or Wednesday.
The following fee rates are in effect as of May 1, 2007. Fees are subject to change, call the park office: (408) 226-5223 to confirm current fee rates.
Access fees information here: Vehicle Entry Fees
(Note: Annual passes may be available. For more information, inquire at the park office or call the park office at the number noted above).
None are scheduled.
Junior OHV Rangers Program
Santa Clara County Parks presents the Jr. Ranger OHV Program at Metcalf Motorcycle County Park.
Do you like to ride dirt bikes and are you curious about nature?
Want to learn to be a wildlife detective?
What is riparian and is it important?
Look inside an owl pellet and see the food web.
Take a trip to a riparian habitat.
Explore the habitats of bobcats, raccoons, frogs, birds & fish.
Become a Junior Ranger.
If this sounds interesting to you, you’re 9 - 12 years old (4th - 6th grade), and you’ve never been a Santa Clara County Jr. Ranger, then the Santa Clara County Parks Department would like to invite you to be a Jr. Ranger.
Jr. Ranger participants must own and know how to operate their own motorcycle equipment. During the program, Jr. Rangers will be introduced to six different topics: Duties of a Ranger, Natural Resources, Plant Life, Wildlife, Habitats, and Ohlone Native Americans. Through various hands-on activities, games, hikes and rides Jr. Rangers will learn ways to help preserve and protect their local Parks. Activities include: learning to identify animal prints and pick out signs that tell when an animal has been in the area; learning how to be a responsible rider; and understanding how animals and humans depend upon the natural world for survival.
The program is free! The first day each Jr. Ranger will be given a Jr. Ranger Jersey and logbook which is theirs to keep. A Jr. Ranger badge and certificate will be awarded based on attendance and behavior. Graduating Jr. Rangers will also be invited to an overnight campout.
For registration forms or more information call the office.
The Novice Oval will be closed during ATV training. For more information on ATV training call 1-800-887-2887 or visit their website at www.atvsafety.org. Motorcycle training information call 1-887-288-7093 or visit their website at www.dirtbikeschool.com.
As a Santa Clara County Parks & Rec requirement, all OHV users must wear a Department of Transportation (DOT) approved helmet at all times while operating the vehicle on the park premises. SCC ORD B14-45.1(b)(2) Motorcycle Park-Helmet Required
For your safety and the safety of others, Off-Highway Vehicles must never be operated in a manner likely to endanger any person or property.
State and Federal law prohibit operating any vehicle while under the influence of alcohol or drugs. This applies equally to the operation of Off-Highway Vehicles, including those statues prohibiting drinking while driving (CVC 23220), and drinking in a motor vehicle (CVC 23221).
Motorcycles and ATV’s must meet state sound requirements.
OHV Sound Regulation & Enforcement
On January 1, 2003, California off-highway vehicle noise regulations changed. If your off-highway vehicle was manufactured:
If your competition* off-highway vehicle was manufactured:
Off-Highway Vehicles must not be operated in a manner creating off-trail damage or disturbance to soil, vegetation, or wildlife resources. Excessive OHV related damage to forest resources could lead to temporary or permanent closures.
California residents must have a Green Sticker, Red Sticker, or current highway license plate for all motor vehicles being operated on public lands. Registration Identification Certificate must be kept with the vehicle along with the Identification, Green or Red Sticker. CVC 38085 Identification Certificate Kept with Vehicle.
California Green Sticker or Red Sticker:
If you are going to operate a motorized vehicle off-highway only, you must have either a current non voided Green or Red Sticker that has been issued by the DMV. The Green Sticker allows vehicles to operate on public land all year. The Red Sticker is for motorcycles an ATV’s model year 2003 and newer that do not meet the emission standards established by (CARB) California Air Resources Board. If the vehicle has a 3 or a C in the eighth position of the (VIN) Vehicle Identification Number, then it does not meet the emission standards and should be issued a Red Sticker. The Red Sticker is exactly the same as the Green Sticker EXCEPT that these vehicles can only be operated during certain times of the year.
MOTORCYCLE (OHV) COUNTY PARK – RED STICKER SEASON
Off-Highway Vehicles that have been issued a Red Sticker can operate from:
OCTOBER 1 – APRIL 30.
RED STICKER OFF-HIGHWAY VEHICLES MAY RIDE ALL YEAR ON PRIVATE PROPERTY AND IN MOST NATIONAL FORESTS. Always call ahead before you plan a trip!
GREEN STICKER OR RED STICKER PLACEMENT REQUIREMENT:
Newly purchased OHVs must have proof of temporary registration or current registration in the new owner’s name.
***APPLYING YOUR REGISTRATION STICKER***
For better adhesion, clean surface thoroughly, remove any old stickers. Note, once sticker has been placed, removing the sticker will void the registration sticker, this now is no longer a valid sticker. (CVC) 38090 Lost or Mutilated/illegible ID Plate
A Green or Red Sticker can be applied to a fork sleeve and attached to the fork to preserve the sticker from damage. The fork sleeve with sticker MUST BE APPLIED TO FORK WITH A PIPE CLAMP to meet CVC 38170(b) Off-Highway Vehicles; I.D. Plate Display
All vehicles operated off-highway on public lands in California are required to be (1) street-licensed or(2) registered as an off-highway vehicle (OHV), If you are visiting California from another state and your vehicle does not have a current registration from your home state, you MUST purchase a California Non-Resident OHV Use Permit before you recreate on public lands. The permit fee is $30. CVC38087.5 Off-Highway Motor Vehicle; Non Resident Permits
Nonresident Permit Vendor List (PDF)
OHV Permit Order Form (PDF)
Please refer to the Arizona OHV Decal Program web page for updated information.
Off-Highway Vehicles MUST be equipped with a properly installed United States Forest Service (USFS) approved spark arrestor, maintained in effective working order. (CVC 38366 (b)) Spark Arrester
Only motorcycles are allowed on the Motocross Track and on the expert trails. No ATVs or ATCs are permitted on the Motocross Track or expert trails (black diamond).
Appropriate Safety Gear
We only require an OHV rider to wear a fastened DOT approved helmet. Although we recommend each rider equips themselves with all of the gear listed below.
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All trails are one way. Proper direction of travel and trail difficulty will be indicated on carsonite posts and will appear as follows:
RIDE AT YOUR OWN RISK AND
WEAR REQUIRED SAFETY EQUIPMENT
Off-highway vehicle use may be hazardous. Use of protective apparel, skill levels, vehicle condition, terrain, weather, common sense and following the park rules, all affect your safety.
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.