Alum Rock Park

San Jose, California

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Alum Rock Park was founded in 1872, and at one time had an indoor swimming pool, mineral baths, a tea garden, restaurant, and dance pavilion, all served by a railroad from San Jose. The dance pavilion is long gone, but the mineral springs are still here, and the railroad bed provides a footpath along the stream. There are picnic areas, lawns, and a visitor center. On weekends the park can be jammed, but during the week it is a pleasant, uncrowded place. Specialty birds: Resident—Golden Eagle; Acorn and Nuttall’s Woodpeckers; Steller’s Jay; Oak Titmouse; Canyon Wren; Wrentit; California Thrasher; Rufous-crowned Sparrow. Summer—Ash-throated Flycatcher; Western Kingbird; Cassin’s Vireo; Black-headed Grosbeak; Bullock’s and Hooded Orioles. Winter—American Dipper. This eTrail provides detailed information on birding strategies for this specific location, the specialty birds and other key birds you might see, directions to each birding spot, a detailed map, and helpful general information.

Alum Rock Park Professional Review and Guide

"Alum Rock Park was founded in 1872, and at one time had an indoor swimming pool, mineral baths, a tea garden, restaurant, and dance pavilion, all served by a railroad from San Jose. The dance pavilion is long gone, but the mineral springs are still here, and the railroad bed provides a footpath along the stream. There are picnic areas, lawns, and a visitor center. On weekends the park can be jammed, but during the week it is a pleasant, uncrowded place. Specialty birds: Resident—Golden Eagle; Acorn and Nuttall’s Woodpeckers; Steller’s Jay; Oak Titmouse; Canyon Wren; Wrentit; California Thrasher; Rufous-crowned Sparrow. Summer—Ash-throated Flycatcher; Western Kingbird; Cassin’s Vireo; Black-headed Grosbeak; Bullock’s and Hooded Orioles. Winter—American Dipper. This eTrail provides detailed information on birding strategies for this specific location, the specialty birds and other key birds you might see, directions to each birding spot, a detailed map, and helpful general information."

Activity Type: Birding
Nearby City: San Jose
Trail Type: Several options
Best Times: Best October through May.
Local Contacts: Alum Rock Park.
Local Maps: DeLorme Northern California Atlas & Gazetteer.
Driving Directions: Directions to Alum Rock Park

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