Open Space Authority Links:

Open Space Authority of Santa Clara Valley

OSA Board of Directors

Video: Your Open Space Lands in Santa Clara County, 5/15/14

Coyote Valley OSP Pictures:

Birding Hike in the Coyote Valley Open Space Preserve 11/8/14

Facebook: Nesting Knowledge: Coyote Valley Open Space Preserve, 4/4/15

Bay Nature Hike, Coyote Valley Open Space Preserve, 4/19/15

Arrowhead Loop Trail Hike in the Coyote Valley Open Space Preserve, 6/27/15

Coyote Valley OSP LInks:

Coyote Valley Open Space Preserve Master Plan

Coyote Valley Open Space Preserve Planning Recommendation 2/14/13

Gilroy Dispatch: Coyote Valley Property Does 180, 3/17/13

Coyote Valley Open Space Preserve Use and Management Plan 7/25/13

Coyote Valley Wildlife Linkage Assessment Project, 2013

Bay Nature Magazine article on Coyote Valley

Western Watershed Lands (includes Coyote Valley)

Mercury News: Bridge Building by Helicopter in Future Coyote Valley Preserve

Coyote Valley Open Space Preserve - Building Bridges Video, 2/17/15

Coyote Valley Trail Building Video 2/20/15

Coyote Valley Open Space: Wildlife Within Silicon Valley 6/23/15

Coyote Valley’s a hidden gem that must be seen 6/24/15

New park in Silicon Valley opens Saturday, rekindling debate over future of Coyote Valley

Open Space to celebrate grand opening of Coyote Valley Preserve June 27 6/26/15

San Jose Mayor Sam Liccardo: New era of conservation gaining momentum in Coyote Valley 6/27/15

Coyote Valley Open Space Preserve Grand Opening, video uploaded by Senator Jim Beall, 6/27/15

Rancho Canada Del Oro:

Rancho Canada Del Oro Open Space Preserve

Rancho Canada Del Oro Hike, 5/16/09

Rancho Canada Del Oro Hike, Mayfair Ranch Trail, 3/14/10

Facebook: Rancho Canada del Oro Hike, Mayfair Ranch Trail 1/18/14

Rancho Canada Del Oro (Pictures by Cait Hutnik)

Bird Count 2006: Rancho Canada Del Oro and Blair Ranch

Bay Nature Institute: Rancho Canada Del Oro

Blair Ranch Hike, 5/9/09

Blair Ranch Hike 3/28/10

Facebook: Rancho Canada del Oro Spring Flowers Before Spring Hike, 2/15/15

Facebook: Rancho Canada de Oro Docents Hike, 2/21/15

Facebook: Rancho Raptors: Big Birds of Prey at Rancho Canada del Oro 6/18/15

Coyote Ridge Links:

Coyote Ridge Wildflowers, 4/13/08

Coyote Ridge Wildflower Walks 4/18/10 and 4/3/10

Coyote Ridge, 4/18/10 (Facebook)

Coyote Ridge, April 17, 2011 (Facebook Album)

Coyote Ridge Wildflower Walk, 4/13/14

Facebook: Coyote Ridge Hike 4/13/14

Facebook: Coyote Ridge Hike by Open Space Authority Docents, 3/1/15

Coyote Ridge Wildflower Walk, 3/15/15

Light of Morn: Coyote Ridge

Light of Morn: Coyote Springs Wildflowers

Coyote Ridge Serpentine Grasslands Field Trip

Sierra Vista & Alum Rock Park Links:

Sierra Vista Open Space Preserve

Sierra Vista Map

Directions to Sierra Vista

Boccardo Loop Trail, 8/14/10

Sierra Vista Trail Dedication 10/22/11

Facebook: Sierra Vista Trail Dedication 10/22/11

Sam Drake's Pictures, Sierra Vista Hike 10/22/11

Ellen Finch's Pictures, Sierra Vista Hike 10/22/11

Sierra Vista Boccardo Trail Hike 8/14/10

Facebook: Sierra Vista Hike 11/23/12

Sierra Vista Staging Area Dedication 8/23/14

Aquila Trail Dedication 8/23/14 pictures, Sierra Vista Opening

Facebook: Sierra Vista Open Space Preserve Aquila Trail Winter Hike, 2/16/15

Facebook: Sierra Vista Open Space Preserve Sierra Vista Trail Winter Hike, 2/16/15

Facebook: Sierra Vista Boccardo Hill Views, 2/22/15

Facebook: Sunset & Moonrise at the Sierra Vista Open Space Preserve, 5/3/15

Other Open Space Authority Properties:

Doan Ranch Page 1, Page 2

Palassou Open Space Preserve Hike, 6/6/09

Melchor Ranch Docent Hike, 10/28/14

Melchor Ranch Public Hike, 11/1/14

Facebook: Doan Ranch Tour, 4/12/15

Facebook: Doan Ranch Satellite and 3D Maps

Urban Projects Partially Funded by the Open Space Authority:

The Albertson Parkway

Guadalupe River Trail Hwy 101 to Alviso (see Ulistac)

Facebook: Guadalupe River Trail to Ulistac Natural Area, 8/25/12

Facebook: San Tomas Aquino Creek Trail to 49'ers Stadium, 8/25/12

Facebook: Ulistac Natural Area, Santa Clara, 1/12/14

Facebook: Levi's Stadium, San Tomas Aquino Creek Trail, 8/2/14

San Tomas Aquino/Saratoga Creek Trail, Santa Clara (8/5/09-8/3/14)

Facebook: Stojanovich Family Park, Campbell 5/14/15

Bay Area Ridge Trail Links:

Bay Area Ridge Trail

Bay Area Ridge Trail Council's Facebook Page

Facebook, Goal: Hiking the Entire Bay Area Ridge Trail

Ridge Trail Guidebook

Ridge Trail, Sierra Vista map

Ridge Trail: Alum Rock and Boccardo Trail

KQED Quest on the Bay Area Ridge Trail

Mercury News: Santa Clara County: Lots of Trail, Lots of Gaps

Other Park and Trail Pages:

Ron Horii's SF Bay Rec & Travel

Santa Clara County Parks

Pictures of the Santa Clara County Parks

Guadalupe River Park and Gardens:

Guadalupe River Trail

Guadalupe Creek Trail

Coyote Creek Trail

Bay Area Biking

Los Alamitos Creek Trail

Bay Trails, South Bay

Bay Area Parks

Friends of Santa Teresa Park

Pictures of Santa Teresa County Park

Almaden Quicksilver Park

Harvey Bear Ranch-Coyote Lake Pictures, 3/10/07, 3/21-21/09, 4/18/09

Almaden Quicksilver Wildflowers and Views, Spring 2008, Part 2

The Penitencia Creek Trail

Penitencia Creek Trail, Bay Area Ridge Trail Dedication, 10/25/08

Uvas Canyon Healthy Trails Hike, 2/21/09

Ed Levin County Park, Monument Peak Trail 3/3/09

Healthy Trails Walk, Almaden Quicksilver 3/28/09

Healthy Trails Hike, Calero, 4/25/09

Rancho San Vicente Hike, 6/13/09

Joseph D. Grant County Park 1/31/10

POST Rancho San Vicente Hike, 4/10/10

Outdoor Photography/Wildflower Walk, Rancho San Vicente, 4/17/10

Rancho San Vicente Outdoor Docent Hike, 5/30/10

Rancho San Vicente hikes, 4/3/11 and 5/15/11

Coyote Peak Sign Dedication, Santa Teresa Park, 10/25/14

Coyote Peak to Rocky Ridge Hike and Views, 11/2/14, Santa Teresa County Park

Facebook: Rancho San Vicente POST Hike, 11/23/14

Facebook: Santa Clara County Parks Slideshow for the Hellyer Visitor Center, 3/11/15

Facebook: Santa Clara County Parks Slideshow, Additional Pictures, 3/11/15

Facebook: Wildflower Hike on the Stile Ranch, Mine, Fortini Trails, 3/14/15

Facebook: Hunt for Wildflowers and Butterflies in Santa Teresa Park 4/2/15

Coyote Valley Open Space Preserve Grand Opening, 6/27/15

After many years in the making, the Coyote Valley Open Space Preserve was opened to the public by the Open Space Authority of Santa Clara Valley (OSA) on 6/27/15. The preserve covers 348 acres, 0.54 square miles, in the northern part of the 7,400-acre Coyote Valley. It was purchased in 2010 for $3.5 million from investors who had originally planned to build luxury housing on the land. Those plans fell through during the downturn in the economy and collapse of the housing market. The investors sold the land for a fraction of its value as developable land. Since the time the OSA purchased the property, it has only been open for special events, such as the Coyote Valley Family Farm Feast and guided hikes. Today was the grand opening celebration, with information booths, displays, games, and crafts for kids. There were speeches praising the preservation of the land for public benefit. Afterwards, there were guided hikes of the new 4-mile Arrowhead Loop Trail, though many hiked it on their own. There were also a few bikers and equestrians on the trail. Next year, an all-access trail will be built around the flat meadow of the preserve.

There are big rolls of hay in the flat meadow. In the distance is where the opening ceremonies will be held.

This is the entrance to the preserve, with paved parking, unpaved equestrian trailer parking, a restroom, and a picnic area.

This is the mapboard at the trailhead. Note that dogs are not allowed in the preserve, to protect the wildlife.

Near the trailhead is a serpentine-covered hill, which gets covered with wildflowers in the spring.

There's a picnic area mid-way along the Heart's Delight Trail. Across the meadow area are serpentine-topped hills.

There's a temporary picnic area near the opening ceremony site.

The ceremony site is on the other side of the cattle fence. The banner is for the trail ribbon-cutting. The sign announces 2 docent-led hikes. The first will cover the entire 4-mile trail. The second will be a 2-mile out-and-back hike on the first part of the trail.

The trailhead for the Arrowhead Trail is on the left. The opening ceremony site is ahead.

Booths are being set up.

The OSA's booth is on the end.

As I was approaching the ceremony site, docents Tom and Beth pointed out there were golden eagles flying above. I saw a pair of them flying above the hills, so I rushed over there.

The eagles were hunting along the hills. Before I could switch to a telephoto lens, they headed over the hills towards Calero and disappeared.

I took a few telephoto shots from the meadow. This is a view looking towards Mt. Hamilton on the left.

This is a view looking towards Coyote Ridge, where the OSA gives spring wildflower hikes.

OSA staff and docents are setting up the seating area for the ceremonies.

OSA director Mike Flaugher checks out the OSA's booth.

Docent Mike Hundt cleans up the area around the booths.

OSA Assistant General Manager (left) talks to County Parks Trails Manager Greg Bringelson (right). Greg and his crew are working on new trails at Calero County Park, just over the hill. Trails may connect Coyote Valley OSP to Calero someday.

The Sheriff's deputies are here.

Here come the visitors.

Here's one of the activities booths, with nature specimens.

More people arrive, including Garnetta Annable (in white), member of the OSA's Citizens Advisory Committee.

The Wildlife Education and Rehabilitation Center (WERC) of Morgan Hill brought their "bird ambassadors." These are birds that are too injured to release, so they are brought to events for educational purposes. This is a little pygmy owl.

This is a great horned owl.

This is a western screech owl.

On the left is a red-tailed hawk. On the right is a barn owl.

Discover Coyote Valley has a map of agriculture in the Coyote Valley.

Discover Coyote Valley has examples of produce grown in the valley.

This is the Committee for Green Foothills, which is dedicated to open space preservation.

This is a turkey vulture.

A memory card game and prizes.

Visitors got shopping bags, maps, and other information at the OSA's booth.

External Affairs Manager Marc Landgraf (left) talks with State Senator Jim Beall (center).

Teri Rogoway, the OSA's Educational Programs Coordinator, leads the kids in clay art crafts.

Some people are already checking out the new trail, including the first equestrians.

View of the ceremony area from the trail.

  Visiting officials include Santa Clara County Supervisor Cindy Chavez (center).

Santa Clara County Parks Director Robb Courtney talks with Open Space Authority officials.

OSA's General Manager Andrea Mackenzie talks with the guests.

The crowd gathers to listen to the talks.

General Manager Andrea Mackenzie greets the audience and welcomes them to the dedication event. She acknowledges and thanks the public officials for coming.

Chairman of the OSA's Board of Directors, Mike Potter serves as MC and introduces the speakers.

State Senator Jim Beall is the first guest speaker. He talks about the open space lands surrounding the Santa Clara Valley and the efforts to protect them. 2 of his former staff members, Mike Potter and Sequoia Hall, are on the OSA's Board of Directors.

San Jose Mayor Sam Liccardo: The preserve is in the southernmost part of San Jose. He thanks all the people who helped protect the open spaces in the Coyote Valley.

Jose Gonzalez, Founder and Director of Latino Outdoors, talks about the importance of open spaces and agricultural land to the Latino community.

San Jose District 2 City Councilmember Ash Kalra: Coyote Valley OSP is in his district, along with OSA headquarters. He campaigned against development in the Coyote Valley when he was running for office.

Valentine Lopez, President of the Amah-Mutsun Land Trust talks about how his people have lived on the land in the Coyote Valley for over 10,000 years and gives a traditional blessing of the land.

Dana Litwin and Teri Rogoway prepare for the ribbon-cutting ceremony at the Arrowhead Trailhead. Below are pictures of the ribbon-cutting and the audience watching:

Paul Billig waits to see who wants to go on the inaugural hike of the entire Arrowhead Trail. For pictures of this hike, see the Arrowhead Trail hike page.

This is the sign at the entrance to the preserve.

Coyote Valley Open Space Preserve is at the west end of Palm Avenue. To get there from the north, take the Bailey Avenue exit from 101. Turn left on Santa Teresa Blvd. Turn right on Palm Avenue to the preserve entrance. To get there from Morgan Hill and points south, take 101 to Cochrane. Go west to Monterey Road. Turn right. Turn left on Palm Avenue. Follow it to the end.

Created by Ronald Horii, 7/13/15