Santa Teresa County Park
Rainbows & Waterfalls 2000
|Though smaller than
Santa Teresa Park is more developed for recreational use. Near its
is the public Santa
Golf Club. The golf club has an 18-hole golf course, putting green,
chipping green, driving range, and a banquet facility on a hill.
At the southern end of the golf course is a field archery range that extends into the hills. The range is operated by the Black Mountain Bowmen, but is open to the public except during club tournaments.
In the center of the park, in the Pueblo day use area, are parking lots, family and group picnic sites, restrooms, open fields for sports, and a horse corral.
The old (former) group picnic site is under a huge oak tree, with a pile of rugged boulders behind it that kids love to play around in. (Be careful. Falling from here can be painful. I speak from experience. There's also poison oak and snakes in the rocks.) Nearby are a covered group picnic area and volleyball courts.
At the top of one of the hills is what used to house the
off-limits Muriel Wright
correctional facility, run by the County Department of Corrections.
It housed teenage girls and younger boys. Now, it is the home of the
County Parks Volunteer Program. Visitors are welcome. It's also used as
a training facility and office for the sheriff's department. At the
lower levels of the
park are the Bernal-Gulnac-Joice Ranch, the Buck Norred
Ranch, and Santa Teresa Springs. These are described in more detail in
section. The Bernal-Gulnac-Joice Ranch and Santa Teresa Springs
developed into an interpretive complex. At the Buck Norred Ranch site
was the Santa Clara County Parks Mounted Ranger Unit, but now houses
the County Parks Special Projects Unit.
Note: in 2000, a $4 parking fee was imposed on the parking
lots in the
Pueblo day use area. Two self-service ticket dispensers were installed.
A year-round "Venture Pass" sticker may be purchased for $50, which
unlimited access to all the county parks. See the location
section for information about free entrances to the park and free
parking. (The parking fee has now been raised to $6/day or
$90/year. Here is the fee
Created 9/17/99, updated 10/22/14 by Ronald Horii