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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 Open for the 2016 Season
The Dowdy Ranch Visitor Center, in the southeast corner of Coe Park, is now open on the weekends for the 2016 season. It will be open Fridays, Saturdays and Sundays. 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.
Update on the White Barn
A heartfelt thank you to all who have contributed to the restoration of the white barn at Coe Park. The materials to repair the roof and support structure have been delivered and are stored in the barn. Construction will begin when final details are worked out with the contractor; until then the barn doors will remain locked. In addition to many individuals, both the State and the Pine Ridge Association have contributed to the cost of the repairs. We thank all of you.
Summer days in Coe Park can be pleasantly warm and breezy, but other days can be incredibly hot and still. You might want to hike or bike during the cooler hours in the morning or evening and spend the midday hours picnicking or dozing in the shade of a tree. Always pack more water than you think you'll need.
Check the Planning Your Visit page for current conditions.
SFGATE: Best of the best Bay Area outdoor recreation sites by Tom Stienstra
NPR's All Things Considered: Saving Calif. State Parks: The End Of Public Funding?
NPR's California Report: How Determined Docents Kept One Park Off the Closure List
Bay Nature: A Little Help from Our Friends
The mission of the Gilroy Yamato Hot Springs Association (GYHSA) is to protect, preserve, and restore public access to Gilroy Yamato Hot Springs, an area of Henry W. Coe State Park which is historically rich in cultural diversity.
Please join us for tours, camp outs, special events!
Due to increased fire risk, charcoal and wood fires are NOT allowed in Coe Park campgrounds.
Ground Fires are never allowed in the park. Gas stoves are allowed.
Check the Current Fire Regulations on the State Parks website for the latest fire regulations.
Spring Wildflowers of Henry W. Coe State Park by Barry Breckling is now available on line! The book contains over 270 color pictures and descriptive information about Coe Park's wonderful variety of plants. Click here for details.
We're always working to maintain and improve the buildings, trails and springs that support our park users. There are springs to repair, trees to remove, trails and roads to maintain, dams to clean and all kinds of short, 1-3 day activities to help Coe Park. Click here to find out how you can Lend a Hand.
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.