Montebello Open Space Preserve Observing Site


A gravel parking lot near Skyline Drive, west of Palo Alto.

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Take Page Mill Rd (Palo Alto) west from 280, towards the hills. About 7 miles west of 280, you'll find two MROSD parking lots: the main Montebello lot on the left, Los Trancos on the right.

For those who don't want to drive twisty/bumpy Page Mill Rd and would prefer to drive down from Skyline, the Montebello should be about one mile east of Skyline. Watch on your left for the entrance to Alpine Rd (another gated driveway), then look for the next gated driveway on your right.

On the preserve map at, the main parking lot is marked with a "P".