Indian Valley Open Space Preserve

  • Picnic
  • Accessible Restrooms
  • Accessible Parking


  • Picnic
  • Accessible Restrooms
  • Accessible Parking


1800 Ignacio Blvd, Novato, CA,
San Francisco Bay Area
Always open
On leash
Last Visited:
October 2020

Trails and Pathways

Indian Valley Fire Trail
Time to Complete:
45 minutes
Trailhead Location:
Backside of ball fields
Trail Length:
1-2 total miles
Typical Width:
4 ft. & above
Typical Grade:
Typical Terrain:
Trail Overview: This preserve gets a lot of use from equestrians, joggers, and people walking their dogs but most visitors stick to the flat fire road. Start your hike at parking lot 6 (at the west end of the campus) and head towards the ball fields where 2 paths skirt them; a dirt one to the left and the paved path to the right will take you past the restrooms. At the far edge of the fields you'll pass through a gate and reach the boundary of the open space preserve, turn right to follow the accessible section of the trail.


This wide level fire road winds along the valley floor following a small seasonal creek with lots of shade provided by live oak and bay trees. Several narrower inaccessible trails branch off and climb the hillsides. In the wettest months, look for newts crossing the trail and in the tiny creek on the left. Coyote brush, sagebrush, and poison oak are plentiful.

More Info: Will be muddy after rains

Accessibility Features

The facilities listed below meet all of our access criteria unless otherwise noted.
Accessible Parking:
Yes – designated accessible parking, van accessible, firm, level or slope no greater than 2%;

Park in lot #6. Fee for parking Monday-Saturday.

Accessible Restroom:
Yes – By the ball fields

Accessible Picnic Table:
Yes – firm & stable path to tables, firm & stable surface, 27" or greater knee clearance

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