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.
Love Coe Park? Interested in sharing your knowledge with park visitors? How about helping out with annual events or maintenance of springs and trails? Become a State Park Volunteer!
Join Uniformed Volunteer Program and attend 50 hours of training which includes volunteer duties, history and the physical environment of the park, plants and animals, interacting with park visitors, and a weekend touring the backcountry. In addition, there will be optional training activities for trails and springs maintenance, foot patrol, mountain bike patrol, equestrian patrol, and Gilroy Hot Springs volunteering. Training starts on September 7th! Apply NOW!
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.
Our annual 5K/10K fun run and walk takes place each year in June at the beautiful Hunting Hollow of Henry W. Coe State Park. The course is a relatively flat dirt road that follows the valley occasionally crossing the potentially wet creek. It is an in and out course with the 5K turn around halfway up the valley while the 10K follows Hunting Hollow to its end. The 5K and 10K start together at 9:00am at the Hunting Hollow parking lot and also finish there. 2019 Results posted.
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!
Weekend parking availability is very limited at Coe Ranch and Hunting Hollow. Arrive in the morning on Saturday or Sunday, carpool, or visit the park during the week!
Visiting on Saturday, or Sunday on May 4th or later? Avoid the crowds and drive up to the beautiful Dowdy Visitor Center.
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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