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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 Season Opener Mini-Celebration
The Dowdy Ranch Visitor Center, in the southeast corner of Coe Park, will open for the 2016 season this Saturday, May 7! We are planning a variety of activities for all. Details on Meetup.
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.
Mother's Day Breakfast
Ticket sales are now Over. Thank You! Once again, we're holding the event at the Ridge View camp site, which is about a mile and a quarter walk from the parking area. When you get there, you can sit down to a delicious western-style breakfast of scrambled eggs, pork link sausage or vegetarian patty sausage, hot-off-the-grill homemade drop biscuits, country fried potatoes, orange juice, coffee, tea, hot chocolate, and incredibly yummy fresh local strawberries dusted with powdered sugar. Entertainment by Cactus Bob and Prairie Flower. Event details here.
The White Barn at Coe Headquarters needs your help!
The White Barn at Coe headquarters is in critical need of repairs. There are holes in the roof, the supporting structure is damaged, and windows need replacing. The recent rains have caused huge puddles to form on the floor.
An anonymous donor has generously pledged to match your donation to repair the barn. Once repaired, the barn will be used for interpretive programs for school groups and visitors.
Click here to find out how you can help save our barn!
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!
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!
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.