Location & Transportation
Almaden is primarily a self-contained residential community that values its remote location. There are only two roads leading into and out of the valley, allowing residents to maintain a small-town feel. However, all of the amenities of a major metropolitan area are close at hand thanks to an excellent road system. The Almaden Expressway gives residents access to I-85, Highway 87, the Capital Expressway and Highway 101. Light rail transportation is located throughout the I-87 corridor.
Residents have access to a wide variety of local recreation programs thanks to the Almaden Recreation and Community Center -- senior, youth and adult activities are coordinated offering arts and crafts, dance, exercise, music, drama, self defense, personal improvement, and pre-school age activities and classes.
Four elementary schools, two middle schools and one high school are located in the Almaden Valley. The schools are part of District 5 of the San Jose Unified School District. The district includes students from both Almaden and Blossom valleys. Almaden Valley schools are known for excellent scores in national testing.
One of the major employers in the area is the Almaden Research Center, one of eight IBM Research Division facilities worldwide and a premier industrial research laboratory. At Almaden, some of the finest minds in the industry focus on basic and applied research in computer science, magnetic and optical storage technology, physical and materials science and technology, and scientific and technical application software. Of course, the Silicon Valley is also home to many other high-tech firms.
With nearly 4,000 acres of steep hillsides, cool forests, open meadows and deep valleys, many residents find Quicksilver County Park an ideal location for sporting, camping, hiking, fishing, horse-back riding, and many other activities. It borders two long reservoirs and contains several small ponds. It is crisscrossed by trails, including 33 miles for hiking, 25 miles for equestrians and 10 miles for bicycling.
Quicksilver County Park is near several other large parks including the 2,241-acre Calero County Park to the south and the 1,688-acre Santa Teresa County Park, across the Almaden Valley to the east. The towering Sierra Azul range is to the west with some 14,000 acres of parkland in the Sierra Azul Open Space Preserve.
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