New Event: Ecology and Stewardship

Woman holding redwood branch shows redwood pine cone to students.

Naturalists Will Discuss Redwood Ecology and How to Care for the Land.

Saturday, October 19, 2019 from 9:00 a.m. – 1:00 p.m.

What does it mean to care for the land? Join us and our partners at the new Castle Rock Entrance for educational talks and hands-on activities!

Castle Rock State Park, Robert C. Kirkwood Entrance 15451 Skyline Blvd, Los Gatos, CA 95033

Castle Rock State Park is home to many plants and animals, some of which are threatened or endangered. And did you know that the sandstone is sensitive too? Come learn what this region is made of and the stewardship and research underway to restore and protect this diverse habitat! Activities and presentations by the Amah Mutsun Land Trust, Bay Area Climbers Coalition, State Park scientists, Portola & Castle Rock Foundation, and Santa Clara County Parks.

This is a FREE event. Registration is not required but sign up here if you would like to receive updates about the event!


Partners will have booths, activities, and/or presentations throughout the event.

  • Amah Mutsun Land Trust
    • Booth: 9:00 a.m. – 1:00 p.m.
    • Presentations: TBD
    • Ethnobotanical Garden Tours: TBD
  • Bay Area Climbers Coalition
    • Booth: 9:00 a.m. – 1:00 p.m.
  • Portola & Castle Rock Foundation
    • Booth: 9:00 a.m. – 1:00 p.m.
  • State Park Scientists – Black Oak Restoration
    • Restoration Tours: TBD
  • Santa Clara County Parks
    • Booth: 9:00 a.m. – 1:00 p.m.

*Activity times may shift, so please sign up here or check back on this page for an updated schedule!

For more information about the new entrance, please visit our Castle Rock State Park page.


  • From Los Altos:
  • From I-280 South, use the right two lanes to take exit 12 to merge onto CA-85 S toward Gilroy. Continue 4.7 miles and take the Saratoga Ave exit. Use the right two lanes to turn right onto Saratoga Ave. Continue onto CA-9 S/Big Basin Way for 7.3 miles, then take a sharp left onto CA-35 S. Continue 2.2 miles, and the destination will be on the right one driveway north of the old Castle Rock entrance (now the Overflow Lot).
  • From Santa Cruz:
  • From CA-17 N: continue 18 miles and take the exit toward Bear Creek Road. Turn right onto Montevina Road, followed by a left onto Black Road. Follow Black Road 9.1 miles to CA-35 N. Turn right, and continue 4.2 miles, the destination will be on the left, one driveway north of the old Castle Rock entrance (now the Overflow Lot).
  • From CA-9 N/Hwy 9 in Felton: continue 14.3 miles until the junction at Big Basin Highway/CA-236. Turn right onto CA-9 and continue for 6 miles to CA-35 S. Turn right, and continue 2.2 miles, the destination will be on the right one driveway north of the Castle Rock entrance (now the Overflow Lot).


Parking is limited and fills up quickly, so we recommend carpooling if possible! Please plan accordingly.

  • Robert C. Kirkwood Entrance: Vehicle day-use fees are $10 per vehicle –or free if you have an annual California State Parks Parking Pass.
  • Additional Parking: The old Castle Rock State Park parking lot (now called the Overflow Lot) will be used for overflow parking. All visitors should check in at the new Kirkwood entrance before attempting to park in the Overflow Lot.

Water and Restrooms

The new entrance has a refillable water station and flushing toilets.

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