Sierra Vista Open Space Preserve
The Sierra Vista Open Space Preserve in the Eastern foothills of Santa Clara County offers sweeping views of the Valley and the opportunity to stroll through diverse landscapes including oak woodlands, rolling grassland, and chaparral communities. Perched above Alum Rock Park, the area provides watershed protection for Penitencia Creek and is home to a number of protected wildlife species including the California red-legged frog, California tiger salamander, American badger, and Western burrowing owl and other species such as golden eagle, mountain lion, bobcat, and gray fox.
Enjoy expansive views as you stroll through grasslands and rock outcroppings that were once part of the ocean floor. Keep your eyes peeled for red-tailed hawks, bobcats, and acorn woodpeckers. The Aquila Loop Trail within the preserve is a mellow hike, perfect for beginners and families with young children.
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