Quail Hollow Ecological Reserve


The 73-acre Quail Hollow Ecological Reserve is adjacent to Quail Hollow Ranch County Park. Biotic communities in the area include redwood forest, mixed evergreen forest, chaparral, and closed-cone pine forest. Plant species include madrone, coast live oak, ferns, manzanita, and bush poppy. Bird species include pygmy nuthatch, plain titmouse, and Bewick's wren. Other animals include bats, rodents, salamanders, snakes, opossum, and more.

For more information, call the Bay Delta Region Fairfield office at (707) 428-2002.

Recreational Opportunities

Wildlife Viewing

Activities: wildlife viewing

NOTE: Visitors are responsible for knowing and complying with all regulations pertaining to the use of Department lands.

Refer to the Public Uses on State and Federal Lands section of the Waterfowl, Upland Game, and Public Use Regulations (PDF) booklet for both statewide and property-specific regulations.

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You may not operate a drone on CDFW Lands without a Special Use Permit.

Area History

Historically, Quail Hollow Ranch was part of the Zayante Rancho, used primarily for orchard crops and light ranching operation. In 1974, after changing ownership several times, it was purchased by the Santa Clara County Superintendent of Schools for use as an outdoor educational camp. It was designated as an ecological reserve by the Fish and Game Commission in 1993.

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Bay Delta Region (Region 3)

Santa Cruz County

7 miles north of Santa Cruz, 1 mile east of Ben Lomond and Hwy 9

Access: Quail Hollow Road between Glen Arbor & Zayante Roads

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