The Dish is a special area to both Stanford and the surrounding communities, and serves many purposes:

  • Academic programs – The Dish itself is a radio telescope that's still in use. Other research and teaching programs also use the dish area.

  • Environmental Restoration – Stanford's Conservation Biology Program is directing a program of environmental restoration in the dish area, which includes use of native grasses and other plants.

  • Habitat Conservation – Portions of the dish area will be devoted to special efforts to enhance habitat for the California tiger salamander, including the development of new breeding ponds.

  • Recreation – The Dish is a popular recreational area for hiking and jogging and is open to the public from approximately sunrise to sunset throughout the year.

IMPORTANT INFORMATION

Hours of Operation:

The Stanford Dish area is open to recreational visitors:

  • January: 6:30 am - 5:00 pm

  • February: 6:30 am - 5:30 pm

  • March: 6:00 am - 6:30 pm

  • April – August: 6:00 am - 7:30 pm

  • September: 6:30 am - 7:00 pm

  • October: 6:30 am - 6:00 pm

  • November – December: 6:30 am - 5:00 pm 

 

The schedule is adjusted monthly to closely match actual sunrise and sunset times.

No pets or animals allowed within the Dish Area except trained service animals.

The area has no bathroom facilities. 

WHEELCHAIR ACCESSIBLE
WALKING STEPS
STAIRS
GUARDRAILS
PAVED TRAIL
RESTROOMS
FAMILY RESTROOMS
ELEVATORS
HANDICAP PARKING
DROP-OFF SPOT
INCLUSIVITY RATING
INCLINE
3026
Moderate Incline
REVIEWS
4.7 355 Reviews

The Stanford Dish

LOCATION
400 Reservoir Rd, Stanford, CA 94305
PRICE
Free
SCHEDULE

January: 6:30 am - 5:00 pm

February: 6:30 am - 5:30 pm

March: 6:00 am - 6:30 pm

April – August: 6:00 am - 7:30 pm

September: 6:30 am - 7:00 pm

October: 6:30 am - 6:00 pm

November – December: 6:30 am - 5:00 pm

The schedule is adjusted monthly to closely match actual SUNRISE and SUNSET times. 

DURATION

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