Ulistac Natural Area, 40 acres of open space that showcases seven distinctive natural habitats, opened in Santa Clara in 2001 after months of volunteer efforts to restore California native vegetation and preserve wildlife habitat. This land was originally used as a seasonal encampment for the Ohlone Indians (Ulistac was the name of an Ohlone chief). See the Ulistac Natural Area Brochure (PDF).
The park is located along the Guadalupe River on Lick Mill Boulevard between Tasman Drive and Montague Expressway. Public access is provided from Lick Mill Boulevard and the creekside trail along the Guadalupe River.
There are no activity facilities, restrooms or picnic facilities within Ulistac, but these facilities are available across the street in Lick Mill Park. Irrigation in the park uses recycled water piped in from the San Jose/Santa Clara Water Pollution Control Plant. Like other municipal parks, Ulistac is open every day from sunrise to one-half hour after sunset. The trails have interpretive panels to provide additional information on the natural history of the area. Further information on Ulistac Natural Area is available by calling (408) 615-2260.