Alum Rock Park

15350 Penitencia Creek
San Jose, CA 95132- Map It
(408) 259-5477

AAA Editor Notes

Alum Rock Park is e. of US 101 on Alum Rock Ave.; use Penitencia Creek Rd. for vehicle access to the park. A 730-acre site in the foothills, the park offers scenic views of the Santa Clara Valley, picnic facilities, mineral springs, marked trails and the Youth Science Institute. The institute's science and nature center features animal exhibits such as birds of prey that have been injured and cannot be released back into the wild. Landslides sometimes close the road through the park. Dogs are not permitted.
Free. Institute $1; 50c (ages 0-17). Parking: $6-$10 per private vehicle.
Hours: Park open Tues.-Sun. 8 a.m.-half-hour after sunset. Institute open Tues.-Fri. noon-4, Sat. noon-4:30 (also Sun. noon-4:30, Easter-Labor Day, and on Memorial Day, July 4 and Labor Day). The park may be closed at times June-Oct. if brush fires are present; phone ahead for updates.