Containing some fascinating history regarding the formation of our country, Pacheco State Park includes the last remaining portion of the prestigious Mexican land grant El Rancho San Luis Gonzaga, a program that was set up to support immigration from Mexico by placing individuals from those countries onto pre-created parcels on which they could start a new home.
It was obtained by Francisco Pacheco who first lived here in 1851. The surrounding lands stayed in the family until that gentleman's great-great-granddaughter donated the area in 1992 as a way to share her fascination with both horseback riding and history with the entire country. The park was a horse and cattle ranch from its foundation all the way up to the park's formation.
Pacheco State Park Provides incredible hiking opportunities thanks to its position between the Central Valley and the Santa Clara Valley. If you're looking to get out for a hike there, make sure you check out the any of the 28 total miles of trails that are present here. Several of these paths are designed in a loop to ensure that guests have no way of getting lost in the California backcountry.
You will want to check out the numerous still-standing structures from early in the park's history, including a still-standing line shack originally used in the 1800s, and the ancient foundations of Francisco Pacheo's home, which is traditionally called an adobe. Coupled with gorgeous spring wildflower blooms and several hawks and golden eagles roaming the skies, guests are guaranteed to enjoy their wanderings on this network.
Make sure to bring a canine and enjoy the additional 1.5 miles of Dog Trail. This specific stretch is built with several areas for dogs to do their business, ground-mounted water fountains, and multiple shady spots. Guests can also explore these trails via horseback or on a bicycle, although season restrictions apply. If you'd like some additional info to be sure to check out the Pacheo State Park's website.