Welcome to the City of Palo Alto Open Space Preserves, including:
- Baylands Nature Preserve
- Pearson-Arastradero Preserve
- Foothills Park
We encourage you to visit safely by learning about ways to protect the environment and keep your family safe while experiencing the outdoors.
We welcome you to enjoy a walk in a park or an open space preserve while maintaining social distancing of more than 6 feet from persons outside of your household. Please wear a mask at all times.
Open Space Preserve Rules, including Foothills Park
These are a few of the rules to help everyone enjoy this nature preserve:
- Dogs are not permitted anywhere in Foothills Park on weekends or city holidays. Dogs are only permitted on weekdays and must be on a leash under physical control at all times. More information is on our Dogs page.
- Bicycles are allowed on paved roads only, and not on trails. All bicyclists must wear helmets.
- Coasting devices (i.e., skates, roller blades, scooters, and skateboards) are not allowed in Open Space.
- Fires and barbecues are restricted to designated areas. Staff may restrict usage depending on fire danger.
- Use park barbecues for charcoal fires only; no wood fires.
- No collecting of plants or animals.
- No smoking anywhere within Open Space nature preserves.
- No remote-control devices, for articles such as boats, planes, quadcopters or drones.
Know Before You Go
- Foothills Park has a visitor cap, during high peak times, you may be turned away. Enjoy another open space area or come back at a less busy time like on the weekdays.
- Bring water, a snack and make sure to take a photo or download a park map before you arrive.
While You Are At An Open Space Preserve
- Only park in designated parking areas. Visitors parking illegally will be ticketed.
- Trails or areas blocked off are for your safety. Please stay on designated trails.
- Take out what you bring in. Leave no garbage behind.
- Leave wildlife alone. Please do not feed any animals in the park.
- When letting others pass on trails, be aware of snakes, ticks, Poison Oak and your footing when making room off the trail.
- For more about ticks and what they look like, find resources online at the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention,
- If you have questions, find a ranger or a volunteer.
Recreate Responsibly: protect yourself, the outdoors and others by following these safety tips.
New to hiking? Watch a video: Our partners at Mid-Peninsula Regional Open Space District offers tips for new visitors and those new to hiking
Foothills Park Local Partners: Learn about the City and local partners commitment to the future of Foothills Park
More about Foothills Park: www.cityofpaloalto.org/foothillspark
Download a Foothills Park Map HERE.
For more about all Palo Alto Open Space Preserves, go here.