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The Dish status: Open

COYOTE ALERT: There has been recent coyote activity in this area. Please be mindful of your surroundings. Please report sightings to Stanford University Public Safety Office at (650)724-7441.

April-August Public Access Hours: 6:00am-7:30pm


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


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

University Support Facilities – In order to support academic, environment, habitat, and recreational services, support from our facility shops are necessary. Services include maintenance to water storage, pump stations, road maintenance, grounds, and other required facility services. Please yield to service vehicles as they pass.

Environmental Restoration – Stanford's Conservation 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 are 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 area for hiking and jogging and is open to the public from approximately sunrise to sunset throughout the year.

The Dish at sunset

Public Access Hours

January: 6:30am - 5:00pm 

February: 6:30am - 5:30pm

March: 6:00am - 6:30pm

April-August: 6:00am - 7:30pm

September: 6:30am - 7:00pm

October: 6:30am - 6:00pm

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

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