Backcountry Weekend


Gilroy Hot Springs and Historic Anza Trail Tour on Horseback - CANCELLED
May 6, 2018   9:00AM
Coyote Creek Gate -
Pine Ridge Association Events



This event has been cancelled.

Would you like to dip your fingers in the warm mineral waters of the Gilroy Hot Springs, see the bath houses and cabins?

Ride a lovely single track trail that is a part of the 1200 mile Bautista de Anza National Historic Trail.

Staging: Coyote Creek entrance in Coe Park.ghs_ride

Time:     Gate open from 9 to 9:30am ONLY. If you are late you should just stop at Hunting Hollown because there will be no way to turn your rig around if you drive to the Coyote Creek entrance and you will be stuck.

Cost:     $6.00 parking fee and $5.00 charge per person for the tour (Bring exact amount).

Ride out about 10:00am on a fairly moderate ride of about 7 miles. Be prepared to ride up and down some hills.

Bring your own horse, water for you and your horse, and a lunch.

For more information and to RSVP (a must!!) Contact Chere Bargar This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it .


Coyote Creek Gate


The Coyote Creek gate is located on the south-west edge of the park on Gilroy Hot Springs Road north-east of Gilroy.

The Coyote Creek gate does not offer parking. If you want to hike or backpack into the park from the Coyote Creek gate, you must register, park, and pay your backpacking fees at the Hunting Hollow entrance. You might want to drop off companions and backpack gear at the Coyote Creek gate before you park at Hunting Hollow and then hike 1.8 miles back to the Coyote Creek gate. If you leave a vehicle at the entrance, you may be ticketed for parking in a no-parking area and your car may be towed away.


There are no parking spaces at the Coyote Creek gate.

There are no car camping sites at the Coyote Creek gate.

Dogs are not allowed beyond the Coyote Creek gate. See Dogs at Coe Park for more information.

No drinking water is available at the Coyote Creek gate, so be sure to bring what you'll need.


The Coyote Creek gate is typically not staffed. There is a fee collection station in the Hunting Hollow parking lot. See the Park Fees page on the California State Parks website for current fee information.

Getting There

The Coyote Creek gate is located on Gilroy Hot Springs Road, the same road you take to get to Coyote Reservoir.

To get to the gate, take Highway 101 to Gilroy (which is about 10 miles south of Morgan Hill and 25 miles south of San Jose). The distance from 101 to the Coyote Creek gate is about 10.8 miles.

Take the Leavesley Road exit (County Road G9) and head east.

After about 1.8 miles, turn left (north) on New Avenue; go a little over half a mile and then turn right (east) on Roop Road. About 3.3 miles up Roop Road, you'll pass the Coyote Reservoir Road on the left.

The Hunting Hollow entrance is about 3.3 miles past the Coyote Reservoir Road turnoff, and the Coyote Creek gate (at road's end) is about 1.8 miles from the Hunting Hollow entrance.


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