Opened in mid-2015, the 348-acre Coyote Valley Open Space Preserve reveals its beauty from the four-mile Arrowhead Loop Trail. The trail ascends from the ample-sized parking lot and passes serpentine rock outcroppings, grasslands, California bay and oak trees and winter-time creeks.
On the ground, keep an eye out for coyotes, bobcats, mule deer and ground squirrels. In the air, look for turkey vultures, golden eagles and red-tailed hawks. Please be considerate of the cattle grazing on invasive plant species.
The valley floor of Coyote Valley, close to this preserve, is the last intact valley floor connection between the Santa Cruz Mountains and the Diablo Range. Considered a “last chance landscape,” connecting over 1.13 million acres of life-sustaining habitat in the Santa Cruz and Diablo Mountain Ranges, it serves as a lifeline for both wildlife and our conservation work in the Santa Cruz Mountains.
After decades of debate over land use, the San Jose City Council voted unanimously in November of 2019 to enter into agreements with POST and the Santa Clara Valley Open Space Authority to acquire 937 acres at the northern end of Coyote Valley. Then in the fall of 2021, the San Jose City Council voted unanimously to rezone portions of the valley from industrial use to agricultural and open space use for farming and wildlife. This critical wildlife habitat is now protected in perpetuity. Find the full story here.