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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.
Volunteer Training Begins September 6th. Enroll now!
Many of the activities in Coe Park are conducted by volunteers. This includes major events, staffing the visitor centers, maintaining trails and springs, interacting with visitors out on the trails, leading guided walks and rides, and much more. We can always use more help in getting all of these things done.
We invite all of you who are not already part of this program to join us in sharing Coe Park with the public and having fun with a great group of people in the process. The training includes classroom and outdoor talks, short hikes, and a great weekend exploring the far reaches of the park. For more information, visit our Volunteer page. Or, why not just go directly to the Uniformed Volunteer Program Application and sign up!
Dowdy Visitor Center is open on weekends
The Dowdy Ranch Visitor Center, in the southeast corner of Coe Park, will be open this season on 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.
Summer days in Coe Park can be pleasantly warm and breezy, but other days can be incredibly hot and still. Always pack more water than you think you'll need.
Check the Planning Your Visit page for current conditions.
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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!
Everyone had a wonderful time enjoing the great weather, fantastic scenery, and late blooming spring flowers.
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.