This lovely nature preserve offers some of the most incredible scenic views that California has to offer. Dogs are welcome in this lovely state park but must remain on a leash at all times. Dogs and horses are restricted access to certain portions of Sierra Azul Open Space Preserve, so owners must take care to ensure that they only hike with their dogs in areas where they are permitted.
Unlike most open space preserves, there is a bathroom housed on the premises for public use. However, this is no water access, meaning owners must bring bottled water for Fido to drink. Poop bags are not supplied. Owners must make certain to bring some from home. California dog by-laws mandate that all owners clean up after their pets and properly dispose of their waste. It is strictly forbidden for canine feces to be deposited anywhere on the grounds other than the provided trash receptacles.
Sierra Azul Open Space Preserve is a public facility. Access to the property is free of charge for all people and their pooches. Due to the sheer size of the acreage, the grounds are divided into four distinct areas. These are the Kennedy Limekiln, Mount Umunhum, Cathedral Oaks, and Rancho Guadalupe. Mount Umunhum bears the distinction of being one of the highest points in the Santa Cruz Mountain Range.
The area is alive with wildlife including mountain lions, deer, bobcats, and coyotes. Care must be taken to not disturb the animals that make Sierra Azul Open Space Preserve their home. Owners are asked to ensure their dogs are up to date on vaccinations and recipients of a city dog license tag. Looking to spend a day roaming in the wilderness? Plan a trip to Sierra Azul Open Space Preserve today!