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 enjoy and preserve natural ecology, they offer residents and visitors a multitude of ways to recreate, relax, discover and enjoy.

Ride, walk, run or skate 2.6 miles of trails. Enjoy the public art. Attend a festival, watch the birds, or romp in a playground. 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. Explore the latest in drought-tolerant landscaping in the Courtyard Garden. Or cultivate your own plot in the Guadalupe Community Garden. Take a rest at one of the seven Sister City seating areas to simply watch the river flow. 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 for Mother's Day

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’re in the gardens at the Orchard or Historic 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!