Autumn Equinox Hike at Calabazas Creek Open Space Preserve – Valley of the Moons Hidden Gem

September 22, 2019

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Date(s) - 09/22/2019
8:30 am-3:00 pm

Calabazas Creek Open Space Preserve


Autumn Equinox Hike at Calabazas Creek Open Space Preserve – Valley of the Moons Hidden Gem

Equinox comes from the Latin words for equal night. As autumn begins, the temperatures drop and daylight wanes further. But there is still plenty of daylight in the northern hemisphere to join Sonoma Ecology Center naturalists with an exploration through the Calabazas Creek Open Space Preserve! This is the first year back that guided hikes have been led by SEC staff have been allowed since the Nunns Fire. The preserve is only accessible to the public on guided outings and is known for its stunning vistas, open meadows, waterfalls, and oak woodlands. Calabazas Creek provides hikers with a multitude of microclimates as well as a rigorous hike. Bring along friends and family, and a picnic lunch to enjoy with us!

The Calabazas Creek Open Space Preserve was protected by Ag + Open Space in October of 2004 for recreation and preservation of its natural resources, including the stretch of Calabazas Creek that cascades down the canyon. The 1,290-acre property overlooking the Valley of the Moon is one of the most exquisite natural sites in Sonoma Valley, containing a wide array of habitats and breathtaking vistas.

This is a strenuous hike with substantial elevation gain on established trails. Please bring water and lunch, and be prepared for that day’s weather. There is a shallow water crossing. The hike will go on in light rain, but heavy rain will cancel the outing. There is no charge for this outing, which is made possible by the voters of Sonoma County who fund the work of  Ag + Open Space with a quarter-cent sales tax.

Date: Sunday, September 22nd
Time: 8:30am 
Location: Calabazas Creek Open Space Preserve, Nuns Canyon Road, Glen Ellen, CA 95476

This event is FREE but registration is required. Click here to register >>

Reservations are required online by 5pm on Weds, Sept 18, 2019. Directions and day-of contact information will be emailed upon registration. For more information or questions, contact Tony Passantino at (707) 996-0712, ext. 124 or

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