Open spaces and recreational choices abound
With mild year-round weather and an ideal location close to many of California’s best-loved parks, Gilroy is the perfect place to explore and enjoy the outdoors. To see a list of Santa Clara County Parks and to participate in the Outdoor Social Media Game, click here.
19245 Malaguerra Ave.
Morgan Hill, CA
The park is open year-round from 8am until sunset. Lake use fees are collected daily and vehicle entry fees are collected year round. Launch and entry fees are posted at the entrance. Boating reservation can be made by calling 408.335.220.
11695 Turlock Avenue
San Martin, CA 95046
10001 Watsonville Road
Gilroy, CA 95020
10840 Coyote Lake Rd.
Gilroy, CA 95020
This county park offers visitors a myriad of outdoor activities. Start your visit at the Visitor Center where you can see exhibits on local wildlife, including live reptiles and amphibians. You can also purchase annual park passes, and pick up park information here. Rangers provide interpretive programs year-round. In the summer, rangers show movies and conduct campfire programs on weekends.
Coyote Lake provides opportunities for power boating, jet skiing, water-skiing, sailing, canoeing/kayaking, and fishing. The lake contains bluegill, blackcrappie, channel catfish, carp, and black bass. NOTE: All vessels require a zebra/quagga mussel inspection prior to launching (fee will be charged).
9000 East Dunne Avenue
Morgan Hill, CA 95037
The park is open year-round for hikers, mountain bikers, backpackers, equestrians, car campers, picnickers, photographers, and people who simply like to visit parks.
7850 Pole Line Rd
Watsonville, CA 95076
(about ten miles west of Gilroy
on Highway 152)
Mt Madonna Stables offers horseback trail rides, which are a wonderful way to explore the beauty of this 3,688-acre park.
Tent camping, RV parking, and yurts are available for overnight guests.
5000 Highway 146
Paicines, CA 95043-9762
Visitors to Pinnacles National Park can hike on over 30 miles of trails, explore two talus caves, and go rock-climbing on hundreds of routes throughout the park. Depending on the time of year, you might even spot endangered California condors in the wild or enjoy a breathtaking display of spring wildflowers.
Tent camping, RV, and group sites are available.