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16240 Alum Rock Ave. San Jose, CA 95127
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Alum Rock Park
Alum Rock Park in San Jose
A natural, rugged getaway lies just minutes from downtown San Jose in 720-acre Alum Rock Park, San Jose's first and largest park. Visitors can enjoy many leisure activities, including bicycling, horseback riding, picnicking or taking a scenic hike. The park, named for a giant boulder once thought to be aluminum, is nestled within the Alum Rock Canyon in the foothills of the Diablo Range. Dedicated in 1872, Alum Rock Park is California's oldest city park. A visitor center located in the mid-canyon provides maps, information and educational displays. Kids love playing in the stream which runs through the park or on the playground equipment, as well as visiting the Youth Science Institute, which houses a variety of live animals.

Alum Rock Park is filled with picnic areas, some with barbeques. Many are large enough to be reserved for large parties and company events. Call area code 408-794-7275 for reservation information.

Many of the trails have resting areas available. While some trails run at a slight incline, be aware that many of the trails have steep inclines and good walking shoes are recommended.

The Ramada picnic area includes a covered shelter that can be reserved for small groups and is located just feet away from the Information Center and restrooms.

There are two play lots for children, this lot pictured has tot swings an is for smaller children. The other play lot is much larger and full of more play equipment for older children. Both are located on either side of the visitor center.

The speed limit is 15 mph, and for good reason. You will find bikes, hikers, horses and autos around blind curves in the road. We ask you to maintain 15mph throughout the park and slow down for speed bumps.

During the summer and fall months there are fire hazards. A few days each year, activities, such as, barbecuing will be restricted or the park will be closed, if there is a high fire danger. Call the ranger office for an update at 408-259-5477.

There are some auto turnouts along the road as you are driving through the park. Please park in designated parking lots. Handicap parking spots are offered in all the lots. Please remember to display your handicap placard.

Our maintenance staff do an outstanding job at keeping Alum Rock Park clean and orderly. We need your help too. Please use trash cans, as they are located throughout the park.

There are numerous picnic areas throughout the park. For group picnic reservations call 408-277-2757.

Park Hours: Daily from 8am until one-half hour after sunset.

Parking is $6 per vehicle.
16240 Alum Rock Ave. San Jose, CA 95127
Phone: 408-259-5477
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