Sonoma Valley Regional Park

13630 Highway 12, Glen Ellen

  • Accessible areas
  • Biking
  • Birding
  • Dog Park
  • Equestrian Trails
  • Hiking/Walking Trails
  • Picnic Facilities

Hours: The park opens at 8 a.m. and closes at sunset.

Parking: $7 per vehicle for day use.

Dogs: Licensed dogs allowed on leashes no longer than 6 feet.

Accessibility: Paved, wheelchair-accessible trail, accessible picnic areas, and accessible portable restroom.

Ranger Phone: (707) 539-8092

Sonoma Valley Regional Park is in the center of the Sonoma Valley, next to the village of Glen Ellen. The 202-acre park features several miles of trails for hiking, bicycling and horseback riding and offers the tranquility of a much larger preserve due the quality of habitat and surrounding open space.

The park's main path is a paved, 1.2-mile trail that begins near a wetland and meadow, winds through magnificent oak woodlands and follows a seasonal creek. The trail is ADA accessible, and picnic tables along the way are lovely spots to linger and enjoy the quiet beauty. Several unpaved trails on the hillsides and ridgetops offer looped hiking options. A beautiful 29-acre addition to the park's northern boundary opened in May 2015, with a trail connection to the center of the park. 

The park's Highway 12 entrance features the off-leash Elizabeth Perrone Dog Park; a shaded, grassy picnic area;  barbecues; and drinking fountain. The one-acre dog park is fully fenced, with a double-gated entry, a drinking fountain for dogs and a shade gazebo. 

Sonoma Vally Regional Trails

A 1.2-mile paved, ADA-accessible trail runs through the center of the park. The trail borders a seasonal creek and winds through a beautiful woodland of oaks draped in lichen.

The 1.15-mile Corridor Ridge Trail climbs from the parking lot to the top of a small ridge on the park's southern boundary and follows the wooded ridge across the park before descending near Arnold Drive. The trail offers occasional views of the Sonoma Valley. Several smaller trails connect the main trail to the ridges.

Sonoma Valley Regional Park A 29-acre addition to the park's northern boundary opened in May 2015. The property features an unpaved path of about .75 miles with sweeping views of the Sonoma Valley and the Mayacamas Range. The property is an important piece of the Sonoma Valley Wildlife Corridor, a collection of protected lands allowing animals safe crossing on the valley floor.

Trails Challenge

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13630 Highway 12, Glen Ellen

This park is featured in the Sonoma County Trails Challenge , which invites you to get out and get active by hiking five of 15 routes highlighted in the updated Trails Challenge guidebook. Submit a trails log when you finish all five hikes and get a free Trails Challenge gift!

 Option 1 Option 2
Name:Valley of the Moon Trail and backCougar Trail to Black Canyon Creek Trail to
Valley of the Moon Trail
Loop Length: 2.6 miles round trip1.6 miles round trip
Elevation gain:146 feet208 feet

  Trails symbols for walk, hike, run, wheelchair and stroller accessible, dogs on leash, cyclists and equestrians

Park Notes

  • This park is in in the heart of Sonoma Valley, just south of Glen Ellen and 5 miles north of Sonoma.
  • A paved 1.3-mile trail curves through oak woodlands and along a creek. Surrounding ridges provide quiet and sense of seclusion. Unpaved trails climb the ridges and wind through woods. Trees shade significant sections of the trails.
  • The paved trail is perfect for a family walk or ride, and tables located along the way are great picnic spots.
  • A 29-acre addition to the park's north side opened in spring 2015. The new property is a crucial piece of the Sonoma Valley wildlife corridor, a collection of protected lands on which animals can travel the valley floor.
  • Parking lot has a portable toilet and drinking fountain.

Trail Notes

  • Option 1: The paved trail, recently renamed the Valley of the Moon Trail, is the suggested route for an easy-level hike. Walk to the end and return the same way for a 2.6-mile outing.
  • Option 2:  A loop starting on the unpaved "Cougar Trail" in the park's new northern addition is the suggested route for an easy/moderate hike. The trail leads to the paved Valley of the Moon Trail for a 1.6-mile outing.

Trail Directions

  • Option 1: From the parking lot, follow the paved trail into the park. Continue 1.3 miles to Arnold Drive. Turn around and return to the parking lot.
  • Option 2:  From the parking lot, walk north on the driveway to a new gated trailhead and follow the gravel path up a hillside, passing old-growth oaks. Descend the trail through grasses and enjoy southern views of Sonoma Valley. You'll continue past a pond and gently climb another ridge to valley views and oaks draped in lichen. The trail narrows and leads through an open gate to Black Canyon Creek Trail. Turn left onto Black Canyon Creek and follow it to the paved Valley of the Moon Trail. Turn left on Valley of the Moon Trail to return to the parking lot.

 Driving Directions

  • From Santa Rosa, head south on Highway 12 toward Glen Ellen.
  • Continue south on the highway, past the Glen Ellen turn off at the intersection with Arnold Drive.
  • Park entrance is .4 miles ahead, on the right side. Turn right and drive .2 miles to the trailhead parking lot.
  • From Sonoma, drive north on Highway 12 for about 5 miles to the park entrance on the left.
  • Parking $7 or free for Regional Parks members.

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