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What You Need to See at Shadow Cliffs Regional Recreation Area

Many know Livermore Valley, CA, for its beautiful wineries and vineyards, but outdoor enthusiasts know this region for endless outdoor recreation. With beautiful year-round weather at Shadow Cliffs Regional Recreation Area, the time is always right to plan your next outdoor adventure! Grab some water, throw on your fanny pack, and read on to learn more about this one-of-a-kind park. Afterward, find more ways to experience Livermore with our complimentary Vacation Guide. You’ll find more than 100 recommendations for parks, wineries, restaurants, and more so that you can spend less time planning and more time exploring!

Your Guide to Shadow Cliffs Regional Recreation Area

Welcome to Shadow Cliffs!

There’s a lot to love about Shadow Cliffs Regional Recreation Area! Because of its expansive and beautiful lake, the park is a popular place to cool off in the summertime. Shadow Cliffs is famous for its 80-acre lake, but you’ll also find several other small lakes and ponds at the park. While these areas are perfect for long, lazy, sun-soaked days on the beach, they are not suitable for swimming or boating.

For those who wish to swim, there is a dedicated swimming beach where you’ll also find a bathhouse and refreshment stand. These park amenities are open on the weekends during the spring and fall, and daily during the summer.

Although the park is most known for its summertime activities, the cooler months offer visitors the opportunity to discover Livermore from a quieter perspective. Pack a picnic basket and take in the peaceful views of the lake. This area is also a haven for birders and fishers throughout the year!

Helpful Information for Planning Your Trip

  • Parking at the recreation area is $6 per vehicle. Please keep in mind that there are additional fees for boating, kayaking, and sailing. Windsurf boards, kayaks, and stand-up paddleboards are an additional $2. For boats, launch fees range between $3 and $5.
  • Although the park is open year-round, hours vary with each season. For current hours, please visit the East Bay Regional Park District website.
  • If you are planning a beach day during the summer, we recommend arriving early to avoid crowds.

The Best Ways to Relax After a Day in the Great Outdoors

Bed in the Olive Hills King Room at the Purple Orchid.

Looking for more ways to explore the outdoors after a day of fun at Shadow Cliffs Regional Recreation Area? Check out Mount Diablo State Park. Then, head home to The Purple Orchid Resort & Spa for some relaxation and pampering. Join us at our gathering hour for a complimentary glass of wine and light hors d\’oeuvres. Afterward, retreat to the Olive Hills King Room to soak tired muscles in your private whirlpool tub.

Spa treatments, complimentary hot-plated breakfast, and access to our outdoor pool and hot tub area are just a few amenities to enjoy during your stay. When you are ready to plan your next getaway, check our availability and book your stay. We can’t wait to host you at The Purple Orchid Resort & Spa!

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