The park is named after James P. Howe one of the earliest and best-known Associated Press world correspondents. Jim and his wife Mia purchased the property in 1910 and lived there till 1970. Jim traveled the world interviewing well know personalities and reporting on the events of that era.
Jim called his home Gopher Gulchâ due to the vast number of gopher holes. He retired here in 1935. For more on Howe, click here. For hikers, the six-and-a-half acre park is next to the Shell Ridge Open Space preserve. Hikers can start on the Kovar Trail and walk to the crest of Mount Diablo 10 miles away.
The ranch area is open for viewing daily from 8 a.m. to sunset. Self-guided tour brochures are available at the Ranger Station. Tours. Free Weekend Tours. Learn what it was like to live and work on a family ranch in the late 19th and early 20th Century. Join the Park Ranger for a guided tour of the Old Borges Ranch. Meet at the Hanna Grove Activity Area parking lot on the fourth Saturday of each month at 2 p.m. Educational Programs are conducted at the ranch for school-aged children and civic groups.Â
Group use reservations and information: Call 925-943-5899, ext. 2162
1035 Castle Rock Road
Walnut Creek, CA