Henry Cowell Redwoods State Park
Henry Cowell Redwoods State Park is a California state park preserving mainly forest and riparian areas in the watershed of the San Lorenzo River, just 31 miles (50 km) southwest of San Jose, California. Please note that while there are no designated stargazing areas, the park is accessible by the public year-round and offers secluded hiking trails, lakes, forestry, and more, with wide open night skies suited for gazing; one EarthSky reader says it’s “the darkest it gets in the San Lorenzo Valley” and recommends the park’s Henry Cowell Redwoods Observation Deck for viewing. Star parties and other stargazing events are also hosted by local astronomy organizations on occasion. Camping is available, while the park closes at sunset to guests without a reservation. For more information, visit online or call 831-335-4598 between 10:00 a.m. – 4:00 p.m. Pacific Time.