Arastradero Preserve

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By Norah Eldredge
In Palo Alto, CA an oasis of savanna grasslands amongst the silicone makes for an inviting summer escape.

Driving through the Bay Area, it is almost impossible not to encounter the plethora of oak woodlands and peaceful grass fields speckled throughout the suburban sprawl. Recently, I got to revisit one of my favorite nature preserves that boasts not only oaks and grasses, but also stunning views of the bay and even the East Bay. 

Maintained by the city of Palo Alto, it is one of the best and only truly mixed-use trails around. Visitors can ride bikes, horses, or simply walk or run. 


Arastradero Preserve - Photo 1 of 6 - Bike riding the trails of Arastradero.

Bike riding the trails of Arastradero.


Arastradero Preserve - Photo 2 of 6 - The beautiful Bay Area.

The beautiful Bay Area.


Arastradero Preserve - Photo 3 of 6 - Oaks and grassy hills. 

Oaks and grassy hills. 


Arastradero Preserve - Photo 4 of 6 - Off in the distance- the East Bay!

Off in the distance- the East Bay!



Arastradero Preserve - Photo 5 of 6 - Relief from the summer sun under this natural canopy. 

Relief from the summer sun under this natural canopy. 


Arastradero Preserve - Photo 6 of 6 - Mossy oak trees. 

Mossy oak trees.