Established by Ag + Open Space and transferred to the City of Sonoma in 2014, this hilly 98-acre property is situated at Sonoma’s northern edge and is visible from most parts of town. Locals and tourists alike walk its trails for scenic views of Sonoma Valley, San Pablo Bay, and San Francisco, as well as to enjoy its oak woodlands, seasonal streams and wildflowers. The former ranchland is also important local habitat for Sonoma Valley’s many native species.
Sonoma Ecology Center now partners with the City of Sonoma in managing and restoring Montini land, including replanting and trail work by our Restoration Department. Our educators also use Montini — sometimes in conjunction with Restoration -— to teach children about nature and the outdoors.
Together with the City of Sonoma, we partner with Sonoma Overlook Trail Stewards, an all-volunteer group to manage Montini Open Space Preserve. Sonoma Overlook Trail Stewards maintains the trails, provides information focusing on the trail’s flora, fauna and history, and raise money to maintain the trail and support services. Learn more about Sonoma Overlook Trail Stewards on their website.
Montini Open Space Preserve’s looped trails are open from dawn to dusk every day and are accessible to the public by two trailheads, one at 4th Street West and Haraszthy Drive and one at Field of Dreams on 1st Street West.