Come explore

It’s your park – get into it!

In the dense urban environment of downtown San Jose, the trails, parks and plazas of the Guadalupe River Park & Gardens not only serve to preserve the natural ecology, they offer residents and visitors a multitude of ways to engage, relax, discover and enjoy the area.

Here, you can ride, walk, run, or skate 2.6 miles of trails. You can enjoy the public art, attend a festival, romp in the Rotary PlayGarden, or simply watch the wildlife and river flow. Take time to stop and smell the roses – there are 3,700 varieties to choose from in the Heritage Rose Garden. See the fruit trees that put this valley on the map in the Historic Orchard, or cultivate your own plot in the Guadalupe Community Garden. Don’t forget to stop by the Visitor Center to sign up for a class, pick up a map, and check out our local wildlife displays.

Adopt a Rose year round

The Adopt-a-Rose program in the Heritage Rose Garden allows individuals to adopt a rose for a donation of $50 (without a gift package) or $60 (with a gift package) and provides for a plaque to be placed in front of the rose with a personal inscription from the donor. You can adopt a rose at any time, though there are special rose adoption promotions, twice a year, at Valentine’s Day and Mother’s Day. Call us at 408-298-7657 or email us at with questions. You can pay online, over the phone, or via check.


Art at the River Park

Sculptures and murals, places of respite, or places to play

For Teachers

Explore our educational program offerings including: virtual field trips, Camp Guadalupe, and CHIRP!

Volunteer at the River Park

Whether you choose to help at the Historic Orchard, the Heritage Rose Garden, or on the trail by the Guadalupe River, we appreciate all that our volunteers do to help take care of our piece of San Jose’s civic greenway!