• Taylor Mountain Regional Park trail and hillside

Cattle Grazing

The property comprising Taylor Mountain Regional Park & Preserve was historically used for ranching, and cattle grazing continues in the park. Cows are not aggressive by nature, but if aggravated or threatened, they will defend themselves.

Tips for sharing trails with cattle

  • Keep your dog on a leash 
    Dogs are perceived as predators. Cows cannot distinguish the difference between a coyote and a dog and may become aggravated by an off-leash dog.
  • Do not attempt to pet or feed the cows
    Do not get in between a calf and its mother and do not approach a stray calf, as its mother is likely nearby.
  • If cattle are blocking the trail
    Make yourself known well in advance by waving your arms and shouting. This will usually make cows scatter. 
  • Give cattle plenty of space and an avenue of escape
    If you encounter a cow that acts in a threatening manner or appears to be sick, injured or dead, please take note the location and report it to parks staff.

Park Information


Taylor Mountain Regional Park and Open Space Preserve

3820 Petaluma Hill Road

Santa Rosa, CA 95404
38.402426, -122.692984

$7 per vehicle or free for members


7 AM to sunset

Allowed on leash

Park Map