Henry W. Coe State Park

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

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.

Closure Notice (1/20/2023): Due to hazardous conditions, Henry W. Coe State Park is closed until further notice. Creeks are high with swift flowing water, trees may fall, and there are mudslides throughout the park causing unsafe conditions.

Please refer to the Henry W. Coe State Park page on California State Parks website for the latest news on park restrictions and closures.

A Visit to Coe Park Headquarters

"This looks like somebody's ranch."View of some of the old of the old Pine Ridge ranch buildings  
 
That's something many people say when they visit Coe Park for the first time. And it's a natural observation, since most of the buildings at the western entrance to the park were constructed during the years when Henry W. Coe, Jr., and his family lived and worked on the Pine Ridge Ranch, from about 1900 until 1953.

In 1953 Sada Coe donated the ranch to Santa Clara County so that it could be preserved as park lands.  In 1958 the ranch became a part of the state park system.

Your visit to the park will probably start at the Visitor Center on the west side of the park.  That's where you pay your fees for day use parking, for camping, and for backpacking.

Sada Coe donated the funds required to construct the Visitor Center, which was completed in 1971. Today, the Visitor Center serves as the park headquarters and office, as a museum and interpretive center for visitors, as a training center for park volunteers, and as the headquarters for the Pine Ridge Association.

The association, in cooperation with the state, is in the process of raising funds to expand the Visitor Center.   Plans include a larger, more comfortable auditorium, more space for natural history displays, handicapped access, and a deck that will run along the entire length of the back of the building.

Coe Park in the Winter

winterWinter in the park can include gray storms with black billowing clouds. It can also offer a sunny afternoon, perfect for wandering along the trails among leafless oaks and ambling newts.

Check the Planning Your Visit page for current conditions.

Fire Regulations

Ground Fires are never allowed in the park. Gas stoves are allowed.

Check the Current Fire Regulations on the State Parks website for the latest fire regulations.

Upcoming Events

04 Mar 10:00AM - 03:00PM
01 Apr 08:30AM - 04:00PM
28 Apr 08:00AM - 05:00PM

Lend a Hand

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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.

Volunteer!

Coe Park Volunteer

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.

Support Coe Park

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We rely on your generous support. Thank you!