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). Bring them 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

BORR facilities include a main Barn Commons building, two studio cabins, two dorm cabins, and eight screened cabins. The first floor of the barn and one cabin of each type are accessible by ADA Standards.

The main Barn Commons building has a large high-quality kitchen, a large common room, a smaller classroom upstairs, bathroom and laundry facilities, and a field laboratory. The large covered deck is great for group activities.

There are two dorm cabins that each have two rooms with two bunk beds, a shared bathroom, and two showers, one indoors and the other outdoors. There are 16 beds between the four rooms and two cabins.

Two studio cabins each have a bedroom with a queen and a twin bed, a common room with a pull-out sofa bed and kitchenette, and a private bathroom. There are six beds between the two studio cabins including the sofa beds.

Eight screened cabins have three solid walls with a screened wall in front. Most have solar panels that power a USB charging port and overhead light but some do not. Each contains two bunk beds except for the ADA-accessible unit which has two single beds. There are 30 beds in total.

Rates

Read about the different lodging types above. Day-use fees only apply to day trips that require the use of the facilities and do not include overnight accommodations. Rates are credited per person per night.

UC and K-12 Rate

$5

Day use only


$12


$12


$12


$32

Non-UC Academic

$5

Day use only


$15

Personal Tent Camping


$15

Screened Cabin bed


$15


$40

Standard Rate

$10

Day use only


$30

Personal Tent Camping


$30

Screened Cabin bed


$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