Alum Rock Park
Alum Rock Park is one of California's oldest municipal parks, first established in 1872. The park presents 720 acres of 'natural, rugged beauty', outdoor recreation options, and learning opportunities. It is nestled within the Alum Rock Canyon, amidst the foothills of the Diablo Range.
While here, your group will be able to hike, bike, picknick, horseback ride, or wildlife watch on the 13 miles of trails available. During the summer there are several 'summer camp' learning opportunities through the Youth Science Institution, as well as regular education programs involving topics such as creek hiking and birdwatching. The center works to 'inspire enthusiasm for science, nature, and the love of learning' and has been doing so since 1953. (Take a look at the Youth Science Institute PSA video below for more info).
Here are some fun facts about Alum Rock Park:
- This park served as a 'health spa' center from 1890 to 1932, providing guests with access to 27 mineral springs, an indoor pool, a garden, and a restaurant.
- There used to be a train that only cost a quarter to get here from downtown San Jose.
- Remnants of the railroad system and stone grottos containing springs are still accessible today.
- Common animals seen here include quail, red-tailed hawks, black-tailed deer, rabbits, and vultures. Occasionally a bobcat and/or mountain lion will also be spotted.
- The trees and shrubs here include California Buckeyes, California Black Oak, Wild Roses, Blackberries, California Poppies, and much more.