Capay Open Space Park

Just north of the town of Capay, the Capay Open Space Park offers  walking trails, picnic benches, and an access ramp to Cache Creek. Explore over 40 acres of grassland and riparian habitat currently being enhanced and restored.  Come to bird-watch, picnic with family or walk the dog. Dogs on leash are welcome!

Restoration in Progress


The land that is now Capay Open Space Park was donated to the County of Yolo in 2004 by Granite Construction Company. Native habitats are being enhanced and restored courtesy of grant funding from California Natural Resource Agency. The park has more than two miles of walking trails, a paved parking lot, shade structures, picnic tables, restrooms, an access ramp to the creek, along with plenty of benches! A park host lives on site.



Restorative Planting

 Cache Creek Conservancy and Yolo County Resource Conservation District are partners in enhancing the park by planting trees and plants to create habitat for native species.

Esparto High School students getting involved in environmental education at COSP!

Environmental Education

Esparto High School students leading a native bird identification activity for park visitors. One of many educational events held at COSP!

The Student and Landowner Education and Watershed Stewardship (SLEWS) program engages high school students in habitat restoration through a series of hands-on field days at real projects that develop science skills and environmental stewardship in youth.  This group of high school students demonstrated excellent stewardship and planting skills at Capay Open Space Park: scrape, dibble, plant, and cover.  Students also had the opportunity to interview mentors, including Cache Creek Conservancy’s Outreach and Education Coordinator, Mikayla Peterson, about education and career path. Check out more about the day and other SLEWS events here.

Interpretive Panels Coming Soon!

The interpretative signs are part of a grant-funded project to enhance Capay Open Space Park. The interpretative signs, once finished, will be installed at the kiosk in the park entrance.  The signs will be an informative reference about the geological and social history, mining and restoration of the Cache Creek ecosystem. 

For more information about this project, please contact us.


Capay Open Space Park

15603 County Road 85 

Esparto, CA