Coe Ranch Campground
Drive in camping is available at the Coe Ranch Entrance campground at the end of E. Dunne Avenue. The campground is located on top of an open ridge at 2,600 feet, has views across the ridges and canyons of the backcountry and into the southern part of Santa Clara Valley.
Each of the 19 drive-in campsites has a picnic table and fire pit with a grill grate (See below for fire regulations). Standard Primitive Sites have a parking spot adjacent to the picnic table. Tent Primitive Sites have a parking spot near where you camp. Vault toilets and potable water are near each site. There are restrooms (with flush toilets, sinks and mirrors) in the Visitor Center a short walk away. There are no showers or RV hook-ups. There is a maximum of eight people per site and one vehicle is included in the camping fee.
Campsites can be reserved online at www.reservecalifornia.com. We have one ADA accessible site (003) that can be reserved if you are disabled. Sites that haven't been reserved are available on a first-come, first-serve basis. The campground tends to fully book on Saturday, and many Fridays, during spring, summer and holiday weekends.
Dogs are allowed in the main campground, on paved roads and on one trail from the Visitor Center to the overflow parking lot 1/2 mile west of the park entrance off E. Dunne Ave.
Coe Park has eleven hike-in group campsites for groups of 9 to 50 people at some sites. Each Manzanita Point group site is primitive with picnic tables and a nearby vault toilet. The Manzanita Group camps do have fire rings which can be used when fires are allowed. You must bring in your own wood, wood collecting is not allowed. Manzanita Point Group camps are located 2 to 3 miles from the Coe Ranch Entrance. The Poverty Flat hike in group site is located 4 miles from Coe Ranch Entrance; groups of 9 to 25 people can camp there. Poverty Flat has one vault toilet available, and no fire ring as fires are not allowed. Dogs are not allowed at any of the group camps.
Vehicle access to Manzanita Point Group Camps is restricted to driving equipment to your site and leaving the vehicle at the site for the duration of your stay. Plan to have enough water and supplies to last the duration of your stay. More than one trip by a vehicle(s) of people and supplies is not allowed. Group camp vehicles must arrive at the park 1 hour before sunset to gain vehicle access to your site.
When camping at Manzanita Point, you are allowed to drive in two equipment vehicles. You are not allowed to shuttle campers back and forth to the campsite; campers must walk or bicycle to the campsite. Campers with special needs can make arrangements with park staff for access. Call park for details (408) 779-2728.
Potable water is NOT available at either Manzanita Point or Poverty Flat. For water availability in Bass Pond at Manzanita Point or the Middle Fork of Coyote Creek at Poverty Flat, check the water conditions page.
When group camping at the Poverty Flat site, you cannot drive equipment to the site. The road is not suitable for public driving access. Fires are not allowed at Poverty Flat as well.
To make a campsite reservation go to www.reservecalifornia.com.
Wood and charcoal fires are allowed, when weather conditions permit, in the fire rings provided at the headquarters campground and at Manzanita Point Group Camps. See Current Fire Regulations on the State Parks website. You can also use your own barbecue (when charcoal fires are allowed), but if you do, please dump all the ashes into the fire ring at your site. Campstoves are allowed. When fires are allowed, you can bring your own firewood, or you can buy wood at the Visitor Center for $7 a bag. Wood collecting in the park is prohibited.
Fires may be prohibited without advance notice if there is a risk of wildfires.
Ground fires are NOT allowed anywhere in the park.
You could easily plan an overnight trip or a week-long trip, hiking 10 miles a day and camping at a different site every night. The park has space for over 60 backpacking parties, with a maximum of eight people per party. Sites range from less than a mile to over 20 miles from park headquarters. The campsites are assigned on a first-come, first-served basis, but you're almost always likely to get a good campsite, even during the lovely, busy months of spring. For more information see our Backpacking page.
Dogs are not allowed on any trails in the backcountry.
Ground fires are not allowed anywhere in the park.