Baylands Nature Preserve

view of Baylands Nature Preserve marsh

Baylands Nature Preserve

Bounded by Mountain View and East Palo Alto, the 1,940-acre Baylands Preserve is one of the largest tracts of undisturbed marshland remaining in the San Francisco Bay. Fifteen miles of multi-use trails provide access to a unique mixture of tidal and fresh water habitats.

Many consider this area to be one of the best bird watching areas on the west coast. The preserve has a substantial resident population of birds as well as being a major migratory stopover on the Pacific Flyway.

Things To Do

Include walking, running or biking on 15 miles of trails; bird watching; wind surfing and boating (non-motorized craft such as canoes, kayaks or small, hand-launched boats and sailboards). The city also offers a variety of nature walks and programs on ecology and natural history. See the Activities and Programs page for more information.

Preserve Rules

These are a few of the rules to help everyone enjoy this nature preserve:

  • Dogs must be on leash at all times. More information is on our Dogs page. Report dogs off leash to the ranger station at 650-617-3156.
  • No collecting of plants or animals.
  • Groups of 25 or more must have a permit. Please visit our Groups and Special Events page for more information. 

Baylands Nature Preserve
Ranger Station
2500 Embarcadero Road
Palo Alto, CA 94303
Location Map

Open every day of the year from 8:00 a.m. until sunset. Click here for Park Hours


COMMUNITY UPDATE EVENT - November 9th, 7-9 p.m.




Baylands Trail Map

Palo Alto Open Space Trail Map

Special Events Permit and Application

Lucy Evans Baylands Nature Interpretive Center
2775 Embarcadero Road


Hours of Operation:

Wednesday - Friday, 2-5 pm

Saturday and Sunday, 10am-2pm


  Winter Hours (Nov. 15 - Jan. 31)

  Wednesday - Friday, 1-4 pm

  Saturday and Sunday 10am-2pm


Holiday Closures:

Friday, November 10th

Sundays, Dec. 24th and Jan. 31st


Sunday Naturalist Walks

Free program; meets in the Nature Center lobby at 10:30 and 12:30


Field Trips:

Field trips are offered through the Palo Alto Junior Museum & Zoo. See the "field trips" section of our class offerings.


To rent, call the Junior Museum and Zoo at 650-329-2111
Location Map

Environmental Volunteers
2560 Embarcadero Road
Palo Alto, CA 94303
650 493 6800

Byxbee Park Hills (Art Park)
2375 Embarcadero Road
Location Map

Baylands Athletic Center
(baseball and softball)
1900 Geng Road
Location Map

Picnic Area
2500 Embarcadero Road
Adjacent to the Ranger Station Available first-come, first-serve for groups of 24 or fewer. For larger groups, see the Groups and Special Events page.

Last Updated: Nov 7, 2017