The El Sereno Open Space Preserve sits in both the towns of Saratoga and Los Gatos, California. This much-loved recreational area takes its name from the 2,249 foot mountain Mt. El Sereno which graces its premises and offers breathtaking views of the surrounding areas. This 1,415-acre nature preserve is comprised largely of chaparral with some sparsely wooded areas near to the on-premise creeks.
The Meadowlands that feature prominently on the grounds provide an excellent vantage point from which to survey Lexington Reservoir, Sierra Azul, and the St. Joseph's Hill Open Space Preserve. It is important to note that access to the on-premise Overlook Trail is given by permit only. Fido is welcome to join his family on all of the trails at El Sereno Open Space Preserve.
As is the case with most state parks, he must remain on a lead at all times. There is no designated dog play space nor are there any amenities provided for canine use. Bathrooms are not available on the grounds. Owners must bring bottled water, a dog dish, and poop bags with them from home. Dog owners are required to provide all canine waste removal services.
Disposal of any canine feces in any place other than the on-premise trash receptacles is strictly forbidden. El Sereno Open Space Preserve is a public recreational area. Entrance is free of charge. However, a parking permit is required to make use of the lot on the property. Many families choose to walk to the preserve instead. There is a lot of plant life indigenous to the region that makes El Sereno Open Space Preserve its home.
These include California bay laurel and the following shrubs: chamise, coyote bush, and yerba santa. In addition to hiking, many families like to go biking or horseback riding at this lovely preserve. Dogs visiting El Sereno Open Space Preserve are to be up to date on vaccinations. A city dog license is also mandatory. For a day of relaxation and fun, plan a visit to El Sereno Open Space Preserve!