New Almaden Quicksilver County Park Association

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Senador Mine Dedication, 10/11/03

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Mine Hill Rotary Furnace

Click here for visitor information about Almaden Quicksilver County Park These pages, created by Ron Horii, have park pictures, trail descriptions, information about the New Almaden Quicksilver Mining Museum, and related links.

If you live in or near the Santa Clara Valley or Silicon Valley in Northern California or are planning a trip to the area, you may enjoy a visit to the New Almaden Quicksilver County Park. Come and see our beautiful park and learn about its wildlife, and many historic photographs, writings, relics and landmarks. For directions to New Almaden Quicksilver County Park, click here.

County Parks' Webpage for Almaden Quicksilver County Park.

Trail Map of Almaden Quicksilver County Park.

See here for the calendar of County Parks outdoor activities

Fall-winter 2014 Play Here! Guide to activities and events in the County Parks

Park Here! pocket guide to the County Parks

Ron Horii's Pictures of the Santa Clara County Parks

Ron Horii's Pictures of Santa Clara County Parks Volunteer Activities

Almaden Quicksilver Mining Museum
The Casa Grande and the Almaden Quicksilver Mining Museum were closed for renovation starting in 2009. The Grand Re-Opening ceremony was held on Pioneer Day, November 13, 2010. It re-opened on January 14, 2011. The museum is open-year round Fridays through Tuesdays except for Thanksgiving Day, Christmas Day and New Year's Day. The museum is closed Wednesdays and Thursdays. These are the hours:


Mondays  12pm - 4pm
Tuesdays 12pm - 4pm
Wednesdays Closed
Thursdays Closed
Fridays 12pm - 4pm
Saturdays 10am - 4pm
Sundays 10am - 4pm


The Archives of the New Almaden Quicksilver Mining Museum are now online.

Note that the Santa Clara County Parks website has been redesigned, so many of the old links do not work.

News, pictures, and special reports:

2015 Almaden Quicksilver events:
  • Tuesday, January 6 Lichen: A Closer Look • Almaden Quicksilver • 9am-12pm. This 1.5-mile out and back nature walk is the first in a series that will explore habitats where lichen communities thrive. Learn to identify some of the most common forest lichen and discover ways these fascinating organisms benefit both wildlife and the environment. Meet at the Wood Rd. parking lot off Hicks Rd. Questions? (408) 918-7771.
  • Saturday, January 24 Nature Drawing Class Casa Grande/Quicksilver Mining Museum • 10am-11:30am. Have you ever really stopped to look at plants close enough to draw them? Come learn some basic skills to make your drawings come alive. These same skills can be applied to anything you wish to draw from nature. Materials provided or bring your own. All skill levels and ages 8 and up with a parent welcome. Register online or call (408) 355-2201.
  • History Through a Changed Landscape • Almaden Quicksilver • 10am-2pm. Take a 4-mile hike back through time to learn about the mining history that helped shape the landscape of this historic park. Meet at the Wood Rd. entrance off Hicks Rd. Bring a bag lunch, water, sun/rain protection and sturdy hiking shoes. Not recommended for children under age 6.
  • Sunday, February 8 History of Almaden Air Force Station Casa Grande/Quicksilver Mining Museum • 1pm-3pm. Learn about the history of this fascinating site, see key artifacts and enjoy a slide show of amazing historic photos of the radar station when it was in operation between 1958 and 1980. Presented by Basim Jaber (Historian/Archivist and founder of the USAF 682nd Radar Squadron Veterans Association). For reservations call (408) 533-8107 or email at info@almadenafs.org
  • Saturday, February 14 Living History Day • Casa Grande/Quicksilver Mining Museum • 11am-3pm. Visit Casa Grande, once the magnificent home of New Almaden mine managers. Costumed Docents and staff will guide you through Victorian period rooms and museum exhibits. Children may participate in a seasonal craft activity to take home. Questions? (408) 323-1107.
  • Saturday, February 28 History Through a Changed Landscape • Almaden Quicksilver • 10am-2pm. Take a 4-mile hike back through time to learn about the mining history that helped shape the landscape of this historic park. Meet at the Wood Rd. entrance off Hicks Rd. Bring a bag lunch, water, sun/rain protection and sturdy hiking shoes. Not recommended for children under age 6. Questions? (408) 918-7774.
  • Friday, March 6 History Through a Changed Landscape • Almaden Quicksilver • 10am-2pm. Take a 4-mile hike back through time to learn about the mining history that helped shape the landscape of this historic park. Meet at the Wood Rd. entrance off Hicks Rd. Bring a bag lunch, water, sun/rain protection, and sturdy hiking shoes. Not recommended for children under age 6. Questions? (408) 918-7774.
  • Saturday, March 7 19th Century in a Bottle Casa Grande/Quicksilver Mining Museum • 1pm-2:30pm. Almaden author and antique bottle collector Tobin Gilman will provide an historical view of daily life and commerce in San Jose in the 1800’s, told through the prism of historic glass bottles from the area. Go back to the earliest days of San Jose as California’s first state capitol. Questions? (408) 918-7771 Questions? (408) 918-7774.
  • Sunday, March 15 Living History Day • Casa Grande/Quicksilver Mining Museum • 11am-3pm. Visit Casa Grande, once the magnificent home of New Almaden mine managers. Costumed Docents and staff will guide you through Victorian period rooms and museum exhibits. Children may participate in a seasonal craft activity to take home. Questions? (408) 323-1107.
  • Saturday, April 4 Wildflower Scavenger Hunt • Almaden Quicksilver • 12pm-3pm. Join Friends of the New Almaden Quicksilver County Park Association on a wildflower scavenger hunt through various stations along the Wood Road Trail. Meet at the Wood Road Parking lot. Questions? (408) 355-2240.
  • Saturday, May 9. Trail Etiquette: Tips on Sharing the Trail. 9:00 am - 12:00 pm. Hacienda entrance at Almaden Quicksilver. Learn how to get along with other trail users. Meet local equestrians and bicyclists who will share tips on how to maintain respect from other user groups and get along with a variety of trail users. This is a drop-in event at the Hacienda parking lot. (408) 268-3883
  • Saturday, May 9. Living ​History ​Day, Casa ​Grande, Almaden Quicksilver, 11:00 am - 3:00 pm. Visit Casa Grande, once the magnificent home of New Almaden mine managers. Costumed Docents and staff will guide you through Victorian period rooms and museum exhibits. Children may participate in a seasonal craft activity to take home. (408) 323 -1107
  • Monday, May 11, Healthy ​Trails ​Hike, 9:00 am - 1:00 pm. Mockingbird ​Hill ​park ​entrance ​at ​Almaden ​Quicksilver. Take a 4.5-mile moderate hike through diverse habitats. Enjoy spectacular views near the historic mining camps of New Almaden. Meet at the Mockingbird Hill park entrance with a bag lunch. (408) 918-7772 May 17, Almaden ​Quicksilver ​History ​Ride, 10:00 am - 1:00 pm. Hacienda ​entrance ​at ​Almaden ​Quicksilver. Join park staff on an 11-mile ride through history. Meet at the Hacienda Parking Lot, ride to English Camp and loop around to other significant points of interest. A helmet and properly functioning mountain bike is required. (408) 268-3883
  • Saturday, May 23, Nature ​Drawing, 10:00 am - 11:30 am. Mockingbird ​Hill ​park ​entrance ​at ​Almaden ​Quicksilver. Come hone your drawing skills while enjoying a pleasant morning at the park. Increase your confidence in drawing and learn skills to help you draw what you see. Materials provided, but feel free to bring your own sketch pad, pencil, and portable set of colored pencils or watercolors. Appropriate for adults and/or children ages 8 and up accompanied by an adult. All skill levels welcome. Meet at the Mockingbird Hill entrance. Register online or call (408) 355-2201
  • Sunday, May 24, History ​Tour ​by ​Van, 9:00 am - 1:30 pm. Casa Grande, Almaden Quicksilver. Step back in time and experience what life was like back in the mining heyday. Ride by van to various historic sites and enjoy your brown-bag lunch in the park. Tour costs $15 per person. To comply with seat belt laws, children must be at least 8 years old and 4’ 9” tall. Meet at the Casa Grande/Quicksilver Mining Museum. Bring a bag lunch. Register online or call (408) 355-2201
  • Sunday, June 7, 19th ​Century ​in ​a ​Bottle, 1:00 pm - 2:30 pm. Almaden author and antique bottle collector Tobin Gilman will provide an historical view of daily life and commerce in San Jose in the 1800’s, told through the prism of historic glass bottles from the area. Go back to the earliest days of San Jose as California’s first state capitol. Register online or call (408) 355-2201
  • Monday, June 8, Healthy ​Trails ​Hike, 9:00 am - 1:00 pm. Mockingbird ​Hill ​park ​entrance ​at ​Almaden, ​see May 11.
  • Saturday, June 13, History ​Tour ​by ​Van, 9:00 am - 1:30 pm. Casa Grande, Almaden Quicksilver. See May 24.
  • Saturday, June 13, Introduction ​to ​Geocaching, 8:45 am - 12:00 pm. Hicks ​Rd ​at ​the ​Wood ​Rd ​park ​entrance ​at ​Almaden ​Quicksilver. Take a beginner’s geocaching adventure to find 6-7 hidden caches in the park. Meet at the Wood Rd. entrance off Hicks Rd. Bring sun protection, water, snacks and sturdy hiking shoes. GPS units provided. Register online or call (408) 355-2201
  • Sunday, June 14, History ​of ​Almaden ​Air ​Force ​Station, 1:00 pm - 3:00 pm. Casa Grande, Almaden Quicksilver. Learn about the history of this fascinating site, see key artifacts, and enjoy a slide show of amazing historic photos of the radar station when it was in operation between 1958 and 1980. Presented by Basim Jaber (Historian/Archivist and founder of the USAF 682nd Radar Squadron Veterans Association). For reservations call (408) 533-8107 or email info@almadenafs.org
  • Monday, June 22, Healthy ​Trails ​Hike, 9:00 am - 1:00 pm. Hacienda ​entrance ​at ​Almaden ​Quicksilver. Challenge yourself on a 5.2-mile strenuous hike through diverse habitats. Enjoy remnants of the historic mining camps of New Almaden. Meet at the Hacienda park entrance with water and a bag lunch. (408) 918-7772
  • Saturday, June 27, Play ​Like ​a ​Miner, 10:00 am - 2:00 pm. Casa ​Grande. Join in for a fun day of playing and learning what it was like to be a miner long ago. There will be games, demonstrations and crafts as well as an opportunity to try your hand at panning for gold and precious gems. A fun event for the whole family. (408) 918-7770
  • Sunday, June 28, What's ​in ​a ​Ranger's ​Truck? 6:00 pm - 7:00 pm. Mockingbird ​Hill ​park ​entrance ​at ​Almaden ​Quicksilver. Have you ever wanted to see the inside of a Park Ranger's patrol truck? This is your chance to interact with the variety of equipment used for search and rescue, firefighting and lifesaving duties. Meet at the Mockingbird Hill entrance. (408) 268-5240
  • Sunday, July 12, History ​Tour ​by ​Van, 9:00 am - 1:30 pm. Casa Grande, Almaden Quicksilver, see June 13.
  • Monday, July 13, Healthy ​Trails ​Hike, 1:00 pm - 3:00 pm. Casa Grande, Almaden Quicksilver, see June 22.
  • Saturday, July 25, What's ​in ​a ​Ranger's ​Truck? 6:00 pm - 7:00 pm. Mockingbird ​Hill ​park ​entrance ​at ​Almaden ​Quicksilver, see June 28.
  • Sunday, July 26, History ​Tour ​by ​Van, 9:00 am - 1:30 pm. Casa Grande, Almaden Quicksilver. See May 24.
  • Thursday, July 30, Mountain ​Lions ​and ​Bobcats ​on ​the ​Prowl, 6:00 pm - 7:30 pm. Casa ​Grande, Almaden Quicksilver. Learn about the lifestyles and characteristics of these two magnificent animals living in and around our rural communities. Leave with a better understanding of why it’s important to be able to co-exist with these two felines in the natural environment. Register online or call (408) 355-2201
  • Sunday, August 9, History ​Tour ​by ​Van, 9:00 am - 1:30 pm. Casa Grande, Almaden Quicksilver, see June 13.
  • Sunday, August 23, History ​of ​Almaden ​Air ​Force ​Station, see June 14.
2015 Events at Other Parks:
  • Tuesday, February 10. Lichen: A Closer Look • Santa Teresa • 9am-1:30pm Enjoy a 2.8-mile loop hike with a park docent to discover the incredible beauty and variety of lichen that thrive in serpentine grasslands. Learn ways these organisms benefit both wildlife and the environment. Meet at the Stile Ranch park entrance off Fortini Rd. Questions? (408) 918-7771.
  • Saturday, March 28, Trickles to Torrents • Calero/Rancho San Vicente • 9am-2:30pm. Join a park docent for a moderate 5.5-mile loop hike to see how water from winter storms finds its way to the valley below. Meet at the Calero Park office off of McKean Rd. (south of reservoir), then carpool to the trailhead. This is a guided hike in an area not yet open for public access; group stays together; some steep sections; restrooms not available except at meeting location. Questions? (408) 918-7771.
  • Tuesday, March 31, Native Plant Discovery Walk • Calero/Rancho San Vicente • 9am-12pm. Take a leisurely 1.5-mile walk to enjoy early spring wildflowers that thrive in the park’s serpentine grasslands. Observe a variety of endangered species found only in this unique environment. Meet at the Calero Park office off McKean Rd. (south of reservoir), then carpool to the trailhead. This is a guided walk in an area not yet open for public access; group stays together; no restrooms except at meeting location. Questions? (408) 918-7771.
  • Tuesday, April 7, Native Plant Discovery Walk • Calero/Rancho San Vicente • 9am-12pm. Take a leisurely 1.5-mile walk to enjoy spring wildflowers that thrive in the park’s serpentine grasslands. Observe a variety of endangered species found only in this unique environment. Meet at the Calero Park office off McKean Rd. (south of reservoir), then carpool to the trailhead. This is a guided walk in an area not yet open for public access; group stays together; no restrooms except at meeting location. Questions? (408) 918-7771.
  • Tuesday, April 14, Native Plant Discovery Walk • Calero/Rancho San Vicente • 9am-12pm. Take a leisurely 1.5-mile walk to enjoy spring wildflowers that thrive in the park’s serpentine grasslands. Observe a variety of endangered species found only in this unique environment. Meet at the Calero Park office off McKean Rd. (south of reservoir), then carpool to the trailhead. This is a guided walk in an area not yet open for public access; group stays together; no restrooms except at meeting location. Questions? (408) 918-7771.
  • Tuesday, April 21, Native Plant Discovery Walk • Calero/Rancho San Vicente • 9am-12pm. Take a leisurely 1.5-mile walk to enjoy spring wildflowers that thrive in the park’s serpentine grasslands. Observe a variety of endangered species found only in this unique environment. Meet at the Calero Park office off McKean Rd. (south of reservoir), then carpool to the trailhead. This is a guided walk in an area not yet open for public access; group stays together; no restrooms except at meeting location. Questions? (408) 918-7771.
  • Saturday, April 25, Foothill Ramble • Calero/Rancho San Vicente • 9am-1:30pm. Take a moderate 5.5-mile loop hike from valley floor to ridge-top to enjoy spring wildflowers in a variety of habitats. Meet at the Calero Park office off of McKean Rd. (south of reservoir), then carpool to the trailhead. This is a guided hike in an area not yet open for public access; group stays together; some steep sections; restrooms not available except at meeting location. Questions? (408) 918-7771.
  • Tuesday, April 28, Native Plant Discovery Walk • Calero/Rancho San Vicente • 9am-12pm. Take a leisurely 1.5-mile walk to enjoy spring wildflowers that thrive in the park’s serpentine grasslands. Observe a variety of endangered species found only in this unique environment. Meet at the Calero Park office off McKean Rd. (south of reservoir), then carpool to the trailhead. This is a guided walk in an area not yet open for public access; group stays together, no restrooms except at meeting location. Questions? (408) 918-7771.
  • Tuesday, May 5 Native Plant Discovery Walk • Calero/Rancho San Vicente • 9am-12pm Take a leisurely 1.5-mile walk to enjoy spring wildflowers that thrive in the park’s serpentine grasslands. Observe a variety of endangered species found only in this unique environment. Meet at the Calero Park office off McKean Rd. (south of reservoir), then carpool to the trailhead. This is a guided walk in an area not yet open for public access; group stays together, no restrooms except at meeting location.
  • Saturday, May 9, Introduction ​to ​Outdoor ​Photography ​Class ​and ​Hike, 10:00 am - 2:00 pm. Coyote ​Mendoza ​entrance. Take a 3.7-mile photography hike on the spectacular Mummy Mountain trail. Learn outdoor photography techniques while enjoying breathtaking views. Meet at the Mendoza Ranch lot on Roop Rd. with a camera. Register online or call (408) 355-2201
  • Tuesday, May 12 Native Plant Discovery Walk • Calero/Rancho San Vicente • 9am-12pm Take a leisurely 1.5-mile walk to enjoy spring wildflowers that thrive in the park’s serpentine grasslands. Observe a variety of endangered species found only in this unique environment. Meet at the Calero Park office off McKean Rd. (south of reservoir), then carpool to the trailhead. This is a guided walk in an area not yet open for public access; group stays together, no restrooms except at meeting location. Questions? (408) 918-7771.
  • Saturday, June 6, Festival ​in ​the ​Park, 11:00 am - 3:00 pm. Hellyer ​County ​Park. Come on out for a day of health and recreation opportunities, multicultural entertainment and family fun! Participate in CPR and nutrition classes, children’s activities and demonstrations for all ages. Free admission and parking. Food available for purchase. (408) 355-2240
  • Saturday, June 13, Night ​of ​the ​Amphibians, 7:30 pm - 10:00 pm. Bernal Ranch, Santa Teresa Park. Join aquarium experts and herpetologists to learn about local salamanders, frogs and toads. Pet one if you dare! After the program stay for popcorn, lemonade and the campy horror classic “Creature From the Black Lagoon.” For reservations call (408) 226-5453
  • Saturday, July 11, Night ​of ​the ​Meat-​Eating ​Plants, 7:30 pm - 10:00 pm. Bernal-​Gulnac-​Joice ​Ranch ​(Manila ​ Drive). Join carnivorous plant experts to learn about both local and exotic meat-eating plants. Take one home if you win the drawing. Stay afterward for popcorn, lemonade and the campy horror film "Little Shop of Horrors." For reservations call (408) 226-5453
  • Sunday, July 26, A ​Taste ​of ​Archery ​-​ ​8:30 am - 10:00 am Avenida ​Espana ​at ​Santa ​Teresa. Join the Black Mountain Bowmen and learn how to shoot a compound or recurve bow, fletch arrows and make a bow string. A mandatory safety class will be given prior to shooting a bow. Equipment provided by Predator's Archery. Meet at the Archery Range on Avenida Espana. Families welcome, ages 6-up. Register online or call (408) 355-2201
  • Saturday, August 1, 8/22/2015 In ​The ​Park ​After ​Dark ​Movie ​Night. 8:00 pm - 10:00 pm. Pueblo Area, Santa ​ Teresa. Enjoy the evening twilight as the sun sinks behind the mountains. Learn about your local County Parks system and then sit back and enjoy a feature film on the big screen. Meet in the lower parking lot with a low chair or blanket. (408) 225-0225
  • Saturday, August 22, In ​The ​Park ​After ​Dark ​Movie ​Night. 8:00 pm - 10:00 pm. Pueblo Area, Santa ​Teresa. See August 1.

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