The Pine Ridge Association at
Henry W. Coe State Park
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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 Pine Ridge Association was formed in 1975 to assist park staff in providing interpretive and educational programs to the public. It provides funds to support guided walks, evening talks , and the state park's volunteer program. It also sponsors the annual Mother's Day Breakfast, the fall Tarantula Fest and barbecue, the Backcountry Weekend, and other park events.
Saturday, October 05, 2019, 10:00 a.m. - 03:00 p.m.
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. For more details and to purchase meal tickets, CLICK HERE.
The Summer 2019 issue of the PRA Newsletter, The Ponderosa, is here! This issue includes lions and woodpeckers and snakes, Oh My! There are reports on the Coit Campout, Ranch Day, the Summer Solstice Meetup Hike, and New Stuff in the Park. See the latest installments of Hike with Mike (a Spa Day!) and Geo Corner (The Prettiest Rock in the Park) then read up on the invasive Yellow Star Thistle and see some great photos from the Hollow. Dive in here.
If we dropped you onto your favorite spot in Henry Coe State Park, blindfolded, and asked you to identify the place by ear, do you think you could? Sound is fundamental to the survival of most animal species. Animals use sound to locate and attract mates, and hearing is a key mechanism for finding prey and avoiding predators. Listen in to see what you can identify in the soundscapes captured by Steve Sergeant, principle investigator with the Nature Sounds Society, on our new Nature Sounds Page.
Summer days in Coe Park can be pleasantly warm and breezy, but other days can be incredibly hot and still. You might want to hike or bike during the cooler hours in the morning or evening and spend the midday hours picnicking or dozing in the shade of a tree. Always pack more water than you think you'll need.
Check the Planning Your Visit page for current conditions.
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!
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.
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