The UC Davis Stebbins Cold Canyon Reserve is set in the steep inland canyons, hillsides, and ridge-tops of the California Inner Coast Range. It forms part of the Devil’s Gate Wildlands recreation area, and borders the southernmost tip of the Berryessa Snow Mountain National Monument. In addition to offering spectacular views of the Inner Coast Range, the reserve has a mix of habitats with high species diversity.
Wildfires burned the reserve in the summer of 2015 and 2020; University of California researchers are studying the recovery in the area; and staff and volunteers are restoring and improving trails.
The University of California maintains the site as an ecological preserve for teaching and research. It is also an immensely popular destination which attracts tens of thousands of hikers to the trail network each year. We ask that you carefully respect the trail rules that are in place to protect the ecological integrity of the area.