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Where the Anza Trail Meets Silicon Valley: The View from Coyote Valley Open Space

by Hale Sargent, Anza Trail Interpretive Specialist

Tagged as:   California , Santa Clara County

Coyote Valley Open Space Preserve

On June 27, 2015, as Anza Expedition descendants commemorated their ancestors’ arrival at the Presidio of San Francisco, a new public land preserve opened 75 miles away that provides a sweeping vista of the route those colonists traveled.

The Coyote Valley Open Space Preserve, a 348-acre parcel near Morgan Hill, Calif., is now open for hiking, cycling, equestrianism, and connecting to the Bay Area’s cultural history.

The preserve provides an elevated vantage point to see the valley traversed by the Anza Expedition as it brought the first non-Native settlers to the Bay Area in 1776. The preserve also holds a village and ceremonial site for the Ohlone People who were impacted by colonization. And it is dotted with the same valley oaks and rare serpentine grasslands the Spanish encountered more than two centuries ago. For these reasons, the Santa Clara Valley Open Space Authority, which manages the site, is pursuing certification as an interpretive site of the Juan Bautista de Anza National Historic Trail. 

Open Space Authority identified Coyote Valley as one of its top ten priority natural landscapes remaining in Santa Clara County. The Coyote Valley watershed is vital to the health of Silicon Valley’s water supply, but the area has long felt the pressure of development. It sits between the growing communities of San Jose and Morgan Hill. Open Space Authority was able to purchase the preserve during the economic downturn in 2010.

The Coyote Valley Open Space Preserve is now open to the public 365 days a year, from 7:00 a.m. to sunset, free of charge. This is the third public preserve opened by the Santa Clara Valley Open Space Authority.

Stay tuned for Anza Trail programming in the coming year.

To reach the preserve from Highway 101, exit Bailey Ave. Turn right on Bailey, left on Santa Teresa Blvd., and right on Palm Ave.; the preserve entrance is at the end of Palm Avenue.

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The Santa Clara Valley Open Space Authority conserves the natural environment, supports agriculture, and connects people to nature, by protecting open spaces, natural areas, and working farms and ranches for future generations. Since 1993, the Open Space Authority has protected more than 16,000 acres of open space, preserving the region’s scenic beauty, protecting water resources and other natural capital, and providing outdoor recreation opportunities for Santa Clara County residents. For more information visit www.openspaceauthority.org

Photos courtesy of Santa Clara Valley Open Space Preserve

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Coyote Valley Open Space Preserve
Credit: Santa Clara Valley Open Space Authority

Coyote Valley Open Space Preserve
Credit: Santa Clara Valley Open Space Authority

Coyote Valley Open Space Preserve
Credit: Santa Clara Valley Open Space Authority

Ribbon-Cutting June 27, 1776
Credit: Santa Clara Valley Open Space Authority

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