The 35-acre Skofield Park is nestled high in the foothills adjacent to Rattlesnake Canyon Trail and along Mission Creek. This park provides recreation opportunities for walking, hiking, and wildlife viewing. Reservable picnic and barbecue sites are located in designated areas. This is the only city park with reservable camping areas for nonprofit youth groups. The park includes large grassy meadows and numerous native shade trees, including mature coast live oak and sycamore trees.
Those seeking the wilderness close to downtown will find just that at Skofield Park and Rattlesnake Canyon trail. Access is via Las Canoas Road with parking either along the road or at Skofield Park. Both parks feature a natural landscape of oaks, sycamores, chaparral, and Mission Creek.
Skofield Park was originally private land, owned by Ray Skofield, a founder of the local men’s riding group called Los Rancheros Vistadores in 1930. Ray built a road and other facilities on the 35 acres, and the Rancheros first used portions of the land as a camp in 1937. When the surrounding area started getting more developed, Los Rancheros sold the land to the City for a park. Shortly after, the Rattlesnake Canyon area was sold to the City as well. Today, the open space is there for all to enjoy and is the City’s only reservable camping area.
Features of this park include a perimeter road of almost a half mile, picnic tables, boulders, oak groves, creek access, birding, and more.