Backcountry Weekend

Event 

Title:
Fall Tarantula Fest and BBQ
When:
October 7, 2017  10:00AM - 4:00PM
Where:
Henry Coe State Park HQ -
Category:
Pine Ridge Association Events

Description

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Come to the Coe Park Tarantula Fest 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.

Take a leisurely nature walk with a volunteer naturalist and search for tarantulas or go on a geocaching hike. Enjoy live music by the Sada Springs Jug Band made up of musical Coe Park volunteers and friends. Hang out at our kids' activities table and create Tarantula Fest keepsakes. Talk to volunteers from the Wildlife Education and Rehabilitation Center and listen to them tell you about their wonderful ambassador animals.

Raffle

This year we will again have the raffle and we will have some great prizes available. You can purchase your raffle tickets at the Headquarters Visitor Center (directions below) and they will also be available for purchase at the metal barn on the day of the event.

Raffle tickets for the drawing are $2.00 each, 6 for $10.00, 12 for $20.00. Tickets will be sold until the drawing on the day of the festival. You do not need to be present to win.

Click here to see the prizes you can win

Getting Meal Tickets for Tarantula Fest

Tarantual Fest BBQ meal tickets are no longer available on line. A few tickets may be available at the Visitor Center on the day of the event.

Parking

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. This fee is charged by the State Park and it allows you to spend the entire day at the park. Tarantula Fest meal tickets are extra and can be purchased above.

Venue

Venue:
Henry Coe State Park HQ

Description

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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.


Getting There

Map to Coe

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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Coe Park Volunteer Ranger

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.

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