San Ramon has some of the most varied and interesting recreational activities and sports areas. People who enjoy outdoor activities will love what San Ramon has to offer. Its picturesque surroundings and community-focused areas offer many activities for residents and visitors. If you like the outdoors, you’ll really like it here. There’s year-round hiking and biking, water sports in the summer, and skiing just a few hours’ drive away in the winter. San Ramon is close enough to the beaches and near inland water recreational areas with clear water and white sand beaches.
If you are an avid golfer, you have several choices to practice your swing. The Bridges Golf Club at Gale Ranch is a beautiful, regulation-length golf course with 18-holes set in the shadow of Mount Diablo. Five sets of tee boxes make it ideal for beginning or expert golfers.
San Ramon Golf Club also offers players 18-holes in a championship golf course and panoramic views of Mount Diablo and its surroundings. The course takes over four hours to complete by walking or power carts.
Canyon Lakes Country Club is an 18-hole championship golf course, featuring spectacular views of Mt. Diablo and the San Ramon Valley.
Skaters rejoice! The Golden Skate is a fun roller-skating rink for adults and children. The rink is actively used for free skating, ice hockey, parties and events.
Las Trampas Regional Wilderness
Las Trampas Regional Wilderness is a massive tract of wilderness threaded by an expanded trail system. Hikers and horseback riders can enjoy its remote and rugged areas. The park is spread over 5,342 acres and has many opportunities for nature enthusiasts to watch wildlife and birds.
Bishop Ranch Regional, San Ramon
The Bishop Ranch Regional Preserve is a smaller park near the San Ramon Valley subdivisions. If you are looking for quiet and solitude, you’ll find it here. The large tract of land is home to deer, red-tailed hawks, and turkey vultures. At the top you'll get a panoramic view of the Tri-Valley area.
Sycamore Valley Regional Open Space Preserve
Sycamore Valley Regional Open Space Preserve spans two prominent ridges over an expanse of rolling hills and valleys south of Mt. Diablo. The park is rich in wildlife and is a birdwatcher’s paradise.
Dublin Hills Regional Park
Dublin Hills Regional Park is made up of natural grasslands and open meadows. A main ridge runs from the south of the Park to Wiedemann Hill to the north. Deep canyons slice through the park.
The city of San Ramon has more than 20 parks including the large, child-friendly Central Park on Alcosta Blvd where the summer concerts are held. Central Park was recently rebuilt and now has a large and modern set of play structures for wall climbing, rope structures and athletic activities.
Las Trampas Stables is a family-owned, local stable that offers Western and English horseback riding lessons, camps and parties. Las Trampas Stables has a Ranch Day program held on the last Saturday of every month from September to May where students can learn how to work on a ranch while having fun.
The Cull Canyon Regional Recreation Area is a popular Castro Valley swimming area and just a short drive from San Ramon.
The swimming complex is open during swim season with lifeguard service. For hours of operation and lifeguard service, check the Recreation Center’s website.
The swim complex has a bathhouse, vending machines, and the 1.5-acre swim lagoon. It is ideal for families with small children who will enjoy splashing in the shallows and playing on the white sandy beach. There is a beach access fee to enter the swim area.
There are three picnic areas that can be reserved. For more information, call 1-888-327-2757.
The reservoir at Cull Canyon Regional Recreation Area contains bass, catfish, and sunfish. This is a great place to find a quiet spot to fish any time of year.