Visiting

Blue Oak Ranch Reserve and its facilities are available to educators, researchers, University of California departments, government agencies, tribal groups, and many non-profit organizations. With some exceptions, BORR cannot be used for commercial purposes, outdoor recreation, weddings, or fundraising events. BORR is not open to the public at most times but please contact the Resident Director for information about attending our annual open house or to determine whether your organization’s event could be held on the reserve.

Plan your visit in advance:

  1. Contact BORR’s Resident Director to check housing availability for your preferred dates.
  2. Submit an Application and Reservation via the NRS Reserve Application Management System (RAMS). There are four application types: Research, Meeting or Conference, University or College Class, and Public Service:
    • Research
      • Research projects
    • Meeting or Conference
      • Research Conferences
      • Research Symposia
      • Academic meetings
      • Lab Retreats of research groups
    • University or College Class
      • University course or class
      • College course or class
    • Public Service
      • All other use including, but not limited to:
      • Public use
      • Community events
      • Administrative meetings
      • Fundraising and development activities
      • Monitoring for species status and adaptive management
      • K-12 classes
      • Other classes
      • Docent and volunteer use
      • Non-research agency use
      • Non-research NGO use
  3. Review the additional information that you receive when your reservation is approved, review BORR’s User Guide: Rules, regulations, and safety issues, and BORR’s Code of Conduct. Contact BORR staff with any questions.
  4. Download and sign our Liability Waiver Form: English,  Spanish, Group Waiver additional pages (combine with the individual waiver form above). Bring this with you or email ahead of time.
  5. Review Driving Directions and be sure to check the weather forecast a couple of days prior to your visit. Call the Reserve for any questions or special instructions.

Facilities and Rates

Facilities and Rates

We offer flexible options, which you can adapt to the different needs of each project.

UC Rate

$5

Day use only (per person)


$12


$12


$12


$32

UC Academic Standard

$5

Day use only (per person)


$15

Lodging – Personal Tent Camping (per person)


$15

Lodging – 8 Seasonal Cabins (30 beds)
(per person)


$15


$40

Non UC Rate

$10

Day use only (per person)


$30

Lodging – Personal Tent Camping (per person)


$30

Lodging – 8 Seasonal Cabins (30 beds)
(per person)


$30


$60

*Rate applies to one person – additional occupants are charged at the dorm rate

Mailing Address

Blue Oak Ranch Reserve
1315 Piedmont Rd.  # 32120
San Jose CA 95132-9998

  • 307-760-8031
  • harlow@berkeley.edu
  • Our physical address at 16070 Mt. Hamilton Rd. cannot receive mail or package deliveries