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Come to the Coe Park TarantulaFest and rub elbows (so to speak) with some of our fuzzy, friendly eight-legged guests of honor. The event is held at the headquarters campground, which has breathtaking views across the ridges and canyons of the backcountry.
The day will be filled with food, games, contests, entertainment, and enlightenment, such as:
Food will be served from Noon to 2:00 p.m. Meals will be first come, first served. No advance sales, pay at the park (cash only).
The Festival menu will consist of your choice of a Meat or Vegetarian entree along with sides available for $10 or less.
All meals are served with grilled corn, watermelon, and grilled French bread. Soft drinks, juice, beer and wine will be available for nominal prices.
Proceeds from the barbecue go to the Pine Ridge Association, the nonprofit organization that works hand in hand with Coe Park staff to keep the park up and running.
Raffle prizes are donated by local artists, businesses, and fans of the park. Proceeds from the raffle will be used for our Visitor Center expansion fund and to support interpretive programs at the park.
The suggested donation for raffle tickets is $1.00 per ticket.
There is a parking fee for day-use of $8 per car ($7 senior rate if someone in your vehicle is at least 62 years old). Please carpool to save yourselves some money and help us conserve parking space.
The Visitor Center at Coe Park is open every weekend throughout the year, and it's often open on Fridays and Mondays, especially during the busy months of spring. It is located about 13 miles from Highway US 101 on East Dunne Avenue east of Morgan Hill.
The building is staffed by park rangers and volunteers who can give you information about the park and help you plan backcountry outings.
In 1953, Sada Coe Robinson bequeathed her beloved Pine Ridge Ranch as a parkland dedicated to the memory of her father. In 1971, Sada funded the design and construction of the Visitor Center, which has served the public well for over 25 years. During those years, however, the park has grown immensely in size (from 12,221 to almost 81,000 acres) and in popularity. For more history on Pine Ridge Ranch, see Pine Ridge Ranch - The Beginning.
Coe Park is in the Inner Coast Ranges east of Morgan Hill, a town about 15 miles south of San Jose on U.S. Highway 101.
Highway 101 has three Morgan Hill exits. The middle one, East Dunne Avenue, is the one you take to get to the park. Heading south on 101, take the exit, turn left at the stop light, and cross over 101. Heading north on 101, take the exit and turn right.
You'll be heading east and climbing into the hills through residential areas for the first three miles. At the top of the first ridge of hills, when you come to a Y in the road, look for a sign that says "Henry W. Coe State Park, 10 miles." You'll bear right at the Y.
The road crosses a bridge and follows alongside Anderson Reservoir for a ways. Then it turns into a narrow, winding, scenic mountain road.
Note: If you're going to be driving a large mobile home or pulling a trailer, keep in mind that the road to the park has narrow, almost one-lane sections and several tight hairpin turns and blind curves. If you're used to navigating narrow, winding roads and you drive cautiously, you shouldn't have any problems. However, if you've had little experience with such roads, you may want to reconsider your plans.
For passenger cars, Coe Park is about a 30-minute drive from Highway 101.
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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.