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Photo of the dish

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 radiotelescope that is still in use. Other research and teaching programs also use the dish area.
  • Environmental Restoration – Stanford's Conservation Biology 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 will be 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 recreational area for hiking and jogging and is open to the public from approximately sunrise to sunset throughout the year.

Photo: Joggers on Dish trail

The Stanford Dish area is open to recreational visitors the following hours:

6:30 am - 4:45 pm
6:30 am - 5:30 pm
6:00 am - 6:30 pm
April – August:
6:00 am - 7:30 pm
6:30 am - 7:00 pm
6:30 am - 6:00 pm
November – December:
6:30 am - 5:00 pm

The schedule is adjusted monthly to closely match sunrise and sunset.

We encourage community members to send email comments on Dish matters to