Calero County Park is truly one of Santa Clara County’s treasures. Spanning a whopping 4,471 acres, it is tucked away in the eastern foothills of the beautiful Santa Cruz Mountains. It’s divided into two sections, the area surrounding Calero Reservoir and the rugged wilderness that is full of puptastic trails. Pack up your pooch and head on over!
If you and your pup are into water sports, then you’ll
feel right at home at Calero Reservoir. Launch your boat and enjoy a day of
cruising around the water and soaking in some rays. You may see some water
skiers, jet skiers, power boaters, or anglers. Picnic and barbecue facilities
are available on the shore of the lake, so bring some food and have a paw-ty!
If your pup would rather hit the trails, venture into the
park’s backcountry. With nearly 20 miles of trails to explore, this place will
keep your pooch busy. As you wander through the woodland, chaparral, and
riparian habitats, watch for wildlife. In the spring, the wildflowers are in
full bloom and will add a burst of color to your hike.
Please note that the very southern portion of the park borders
the Rancho Canada del Oro Open Space Preserve, an area where dogs are not
allowed. To help protect this land, canine hikers are not allowed on any trail
south of Bald Peaks Trail. But tell your pup not to worry, there are still
miles and miles of trails that welcome furry friends.
To make sure the only thing visitors can smell is the park's natural fragrance, bring some clean up bags and promptly pick up after
your doggo. Also, your four legged friend will be barking appreciative if you pack
plenty of fresh water for them to drink. Make no mistake, this is one park your
pup will never fur-get!