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Coe Park is the largest state park in northern California, with over 87,000 acres of wild open spaces. The terrain of the park is rugged, varied, and beautiful, with lofty ridges and steep canyons. Once the home of Ohlone Indians, the park is now home to a fascinating variety of plants and animals, including the elusive mountain lion.
Within Coe Park are the headwaters of Coyote Creek, long stretches of the Pacheco and Orestimba creeks, and a 23,300-acre wilderness area.
The park is open year-round for hikers, mountain bikers, backpackers, equestrians, car campers, picnickers, photographers, and people who simply like to visit parks.
|The Pine Ridge Association at Henry W. Coe State Park|
The Pine Ridge Association (PRA) was formed in 1975 to assist park staff in providing interpretive and educational programs to the public. It is a contracted cooperating Association with the California Department of Parks and Recreation, and is chartered by the IRS as a nonprofit 501(c)(3) corporation. The association has 425 members with approximately 125 active volunteers who staff the Visitor Center; teach in our school program; support two newsletters, take visitors on guided walks during wildflower season; give interpretive programs; and sponsor special events. Each year approximately 20,000 hours are donated to the park.
The Pine Ridge Association does not receive any state funds. We are responsible for raising the money necessary to support our programs through memberships, donations, sales at our store, and special events.
Dowdy Visitor Center is open on weekends
The Dowdy Ranch Visitor Center, in the southeast corner of Coe Park, is now open on weekends. It will also be open during the upcoming Memorial Day Holiday. The Dowdy Ranch area (elevation 1,600 feet) includes a visitor center, restrooms, drinking water, an equestrian staging area, shade ramadas, and picnic tables. There are great views looking east and north to the hills of the Diablo Range. More details on the Dowdy Visitor Center page.
Spring days in Coe Park can be warm and wonderful. Now is the time to head out on the trail to explore and enjoy the full beauty of Coe Park. Check the Planning Your Visit page for current conditions and take a look at the What's Blooming Now page to see which wildflowers have been spotted!
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Bay Nature: A Little Help from Our Friends
The mission of the Friends of Gilroy Hot Springs (FOGHS) is to Protect, Preserve, and Restore public access to this area of Henry Coe State Park.
Please join us for tours, camp outs, special events!
Come to beautiful Hunting Hollow in late Spring for a delightful run or walk. The trail bisects the valley occasionaly crossing the creek and offer views of late season wildflowers. Event details here.
Are you interested in learning more about Henry W. Coe State Park and sharing your knowledge with park visitors? How about helping out with annual events or maintenance of springs and trails? If so, visit our Volunteer page.
Thank you! We rely on your generous support.