We are very excited to announce the launch of our Coyote Ridge Open Space Preserve Public Use and Access Plan!Located just 10 miles from downtown San Jose, Coyote Ridge lets visitors experience a largely undisturbed serpentine grassland setting, with native species including the threatened Bay Checkerspot butterfly, seasonal wildflowers, and stunning views over the Coyote Valley. The Authority has protected over 1,800 acres at Coyote Ridge with funding from several conservation partners and co-manages it with the Santa Clara Valley Habitat Agency in order to protect habitat for rare plants and animals in Santa Clara County.
Once the project is complete, the preserve will include a parking and gathering area accessible by Malech Road, a sustainable trail network, and a staging area with restrooms, trailhead, and interpretive features and signage. Access to the ridgeline will complete a nearly 3-mile segment of the Bay Area Ridge Trail. The goals of this project are to protect rare habitat and sensitive species while providing a high-quality experience through our Open Access Weekend events and docent-led programs. A partnership with the Bay Area Ridge Trail Council will also provide additional guided access to the preserve.
Check out the Coyote Ridge project page to learn more and get involved in the planning and design process.
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