Explore Los Gatos, California

Welcome to Los Gatos!

The Town of Los Gatos is nestled 60 miles south of San Francisco at the base of the Sierra Azules, making it a short drive to the City, the heart of Silicon Valley, or the stunning beaches of Santa Cruz! Los Gatos lies in Santa Clara County and boasts a wide variety of terrain, ranging from flat topography at the edge of the valley floor to densely wooded hillsides. You will find creeks, streams and riparian habitat in this quaint but not underwhelming town. The Town of Los Gatos' favorable climate allows for almost year-round outdoor enjoyment as well as short and comfortable winters. Los Gatos is where high tech meets high end living without losing that small town feel.


Los Gatos is one of Santa Clara County's oldest communities.  In 1840, the Mexican government granted a land patent for a 6,600 acre rancho . Los Gatos was originally named La Rinconada de Los Gatos (Cat's Corner) due to number of mountain lions present in the area.  In 1868, 100 acres of the rancho was selected as a town site.  The Town was incorporated in 1887, and by 1890 the Town's population had grown to 1,652.

"About Los Gatos." The Town of Los Gatos California, The Town of Los Gatos, www.losgatosca.gov/515/About-Los-Gatos. Accessed 8 Nov. 2022.

Los Gatos Middle Schools

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Things to do in Los Gatos

Wine Tasting

Wineries & Tasting Rooms

Artisan Wine Depot LG..................16212 Los Gatos Boulevard ............408-827-4127
Byington Winery ............................21850 Bear Creek Road..................408-354-1111
Enoteca La Storia ..........................416 N. Santa Cruz Avenue..............408-625-7272
Left Bend Winery ...........................346 N. Santa Cruz Avenue..............408-502-9280
Loma Prieta Winery .......................26985 Loma Prieta Way ..................408-353-2950
Regale Winery and Vineyards ......24040 Summit Road........................408-353-2500
Rootstock Wine Bar.......................217 N. Santa Cruz Avenue..............408-354-7668
Testarossa Vineyards....................300 College Avenue ........................408-354-6150

Hiking & Walking

BLOSSOM HILL PARK 16300 Blossom Hill Rd  |  (408) 399-5770

Blossom Hill Park is the classic suburban playground, a big slice of Americana fragrant with the scent of cut grass and alive with kids' laughter. Acres of lawn beg for an impromptu round of Frisbee or a kickball game, while at the north end of the park, the click of baseball meeting bat pierces the din of summer crowds enjoying treats from the snack bar while rooting on the home team at Baggerly Field, named for a beloved Los Gatos newspaperman and historian. This park also has lighted tennis courts.

EL SERENO OPEN SPACE PRESERVE End of Montevina Rd  |  (650) 691-1200

Mt. El Sereno ("The Watchman"), west of Highway 17, stands sentinel over Los Gatos, but it's a bit mysterious. Get to know it by exploring its 1400 acres of oak forest and chaparral, where you can hike, mountain bike and go horseback riding while enjoying stunning views of Lexington Reservoir and the Sierra Azul range of the Santa Cruz Mountains.

LOS GATOS CREEK TRAIL Los Gatos Creek from Lexington Dam to San Jose  |  (408) 355-2200

An 11-mile biking and walking parkway leading from Lexington Reservoir to downtown San Jose, the Los Gatos Creek Trail serves as an important green transportation corridor for the Valley. It's also the unofficial town promenade for Los Gatos. Here you'll eventually see everyone, or so it seems on a spring or summer evening. New moms pushing strollers talk on the phone or walk side-by-side, comparing notes. Couples stroll hand-in-hand while mountain bikers pedal their way toward a big climb above the reservoir and lean marathoners flash by logging training miles.

OAK MEADOW PARK 233 Blossom Hill Rd  |  (408) 399-5770

Corkscrew slides, playhouses of different sizes, a scaled-down fire engine, a real (decommissioned) Air Force jet to clamber upon: this is just the start of the many playground attractions at 12-acre Oak Meadow Park. The one-third-scale Billy Jones Wildcat Railroad offers rides ($2) on its steam-engine locomotives on weekends year-round and during the week in summer, while the W.E. "Bill" Mason Carousel ($2) follows a similar schedule. There are also many places to picnic and barbecue.

ST. JOSEPH'S HILL Alma Bridge Rd  |  (650) 691-1200

Consisting of 270 acres of mountain chaparral leading up to a commanding view of the Santa Clara Valley, St. Joseph's Hill Open Space Preserve just might be the favorite park of Los Gatans seeking a workout with a great payoff. Every time of day seems to find hikers, dog walkers, joggers and mountain bikers heading up the wide, gracious trails toward the Hilltop Vista (1250 ft.). Gnarled manzanita, ceanothus, oak trees and a smattering of redwoods make for nice scenery on the way up, and the spring wildflowers can be quite plentiful in wet years. The views at the top are excellent, and it's fun to look down at Los Gatos and find streets and familiar landmarks. The official parking lot and entrance lie on Alma Bridge Road, just east of the Lexington Dam.

VASONA LAKE COUNTY PARK 333 Blossom Hill Rd  |  (408) 355-2200

Within Vasona's 150 glorious acres are 45 acres of lawn, a couple miles of bike path, numerous picnicking areas with barbecue grills at the ready and a beautiful lake (a reservoir, actually, created by Los Gatos Creek) that draws ducks, geese, herons and flocks of other interesting waterfowl. It also offers water sports. Sailboats, kayaks, paddleboats and stand-up paddleboards are available to rent at modest prices ($15-25 per hour) on spring and summer weekends.

All credit to the Los Gatos Chamber of Commerce & their webpage

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Median Household Income      $155.9K


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