Saratoga sits on the western edge of Silicon Valley, directly west of San Jose. It is known for its small-town feel, high-end restaurants, and wineries. It is also recognized for such attractions as the Hakone Gardens and the artists’ retreat Villa Montalvo.
On top of its appeal, Saratoga is consistently ranked as one of the most expensive and wealthiest suburbs in the United States. It is often noted as a bedroom community for the upper-middle class in the Silicon Valley tech industry. Saratoga is also listed as one the most-educated small towns, with its local schools often achieving competitive rankings.
Saratoga began as a mostly-agrarian community. It didn’t transform into a more-urban community until after World War II, and became incorporated in 1956 to avoid annexation by San Jose.
Parks + Trails
Saratoga Quarry Park
Want to get away? There's no need to take a flight to some far-off destination. Just jump in a car and head west on Highway 9 to Saratoga Quarry Park, 22000 Congress Springs Road. Located just 2 miles from downtown Saratoga, the tranquil and picturesque 64-acre property is a natural haven from the hustle and bustle of Silicon Valley. Saratoga Quarry Park is a portal to the past and a gateway to the Santa Cruz Mountains, as well as a place to explore, play, and learn. Explore the trails of this former quarry site to uncover a wealth of cultural and natural resources.
Sanborn County Park
Welcome to Sanborn County Park. This lushly wooded park of 3,453 acres, is nestled in the Santa Cruz Mountains between Saratoga and Skyline Boulevard. This mountain park of redwoods and tan bark oak, offers hiking, hike-in camping, RV camping and picnicking opportunities year-round. Enjoy your visit today and return often to experience the many features of Sanborn County Park.
Castle Rock State Park
Castle Rock State Park is a land of sculpted sandstone, lush forests, and sweeping vistas. From one of the highest ridges in the Santa Cruz Mountains, park visitors enjoy hiking, backpacking, and horseback riding. Rock climbers explore the park's caverns and rocks, including the namesake Castle Rock. Plant-lovers come for California black oaks, knobcone pines, and high-elevation coast redwoods.