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Blair Ranch Self-Guided Access Weekends

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Rancho Cañada del Oro Open Space Preserve

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4289 Casa Loma Rd

Morgan Hill, CA 95037

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This summer, the Open Space Authority will be opening up the currently by-reservation-only Blair Ranch portion of Rancho Cañada del Oro Open Space Preserve to members of the public for THREE self-guided special access weekends!

The special-access weekends will be separated by activity

Weekend 1 (June 15 & 16): Hiking

Weekend 2 (June 22 & 23): Mountain Biking

Weekend 3 (June 29 & 30): Hiking and Horseback Riding

Blair Ranch features a mosaic of grasslands and oak woodlands, with beautiful views of the eastern Santa Cruz Mountains. The area’s natural communities support an abundance of rare plants and animals including golden eagles, western pond turtles, and Bay checkerspot butterflies. Blair Ranch also boasts serpentine grasslands, a unique habitat type with plants and animals that are only found there.

Blair Ranch offers over 6 miles of moderate and difficult trails to explore for avid and experienced hikers, bikers, and equestrians! Download the trail map here.

Parking & Registration

Attendance is limited only by our parking spaces. You are free to bring as many friends and family as can legally and safely fit in your car. Parking will be located at Rancho Cañada del Oro's overflow lot, just down the road from the preserve's main entrance (look for special event signage). Gates will open at 8:00 am. Docents will be available to lead a guided experience at 10:00 am for those who are interested. Registration is required, and attendees will be checked in upon arrival. We highly recommend bringing sturdy hiking shoes, hiking poles, sunscreen, a hat, sunglasses, water, and a light snack or lunch.

Blair Ranch is home to rare and endangered species. We ask that you tread lightly and stay on trail so that these species and their habitat can continue to thrive. Please no pets and no smoking of any kind within this preserve.

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Rancho Cañada del Oro Open Space Preserve

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4289 Casa Loma Rd

Morgan Hill, CA 95037

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