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.

 Mother's Day Breakfast is Cancelled until further notice.

MDBRosesOnce again, we're holding the event at the Ridge View camp site, which is about a mile and a quarter walk from the parking area. When you get there, you can sit down to a delicious western-style breakfast of scrambled eggs, pork link sausage or vegetarian patty sausage, hot-off-the-grill homemade drop biscuits, country fried potatoes, orange juice, coffee, tea, hot chocolate, and incredibly yummy fresh local strawberries dusted with powdered sugar. During breakfast you will be entertained by Cactus Bob and Prairie Flower.


Afterwards, you can relax and bask in the soothing beauty of a sunny spring morning on Pine Ridge. If you're so inclined, you can even roll up your sleeves and help us wash dishes.

Breakfast Logistics

The walk to the Ridge View camping area will take you about 45 minutes, maybe a little longer if you take time to admire the wildflowers. Transportation to the breakfast will be provided for older folks, people with small children, and any other people who might find it difficult to get there on foot. Special transportation arrangements will be available for people with special needs (call the park for information at 408-779-2728).

There is a parking fee for day-use of $8 per car ($7 senior rate if someone in your vehicle is at least 62 years old). If you're part of a large group of people, please carpool to save yourselves some money and help us conserve parking space.

  • Things that aren't allowed at the breakfast: flower-picking, pets (other than the human kind), mother-in-law jokes (unless they're really funny).
  • Things that are encouraged at the breakfast: lollygagging, wool-gathering, cloud-watching, kid tickling.
  • Transportation is extremely limited so please plan to walk if you are able! Wet roads will cancel the shuttle as the roads become impassable!
  • If there is bad weather on Mother's Day we will hold the breakfast in the white barn and surrounding areas. Hopefully we can hold the breakfast at Ridge View as usual but we must be prepared for anything.

Getting There

To reach the Ridge View camp site, walk the Live Oak Trail from the entrance parking lot to the Visitor Center. Next, hike the Corral Trail to Manzanita Point Road then about 1/4 mile to the camp site (see map below). See below for directions to the Coe Park Headquarters Visitor Center.


Coe Ranch Visitor Center


The Visitor Center at Coe Park is open every weekend throughout the year, and it's often open on Fridays and Mondays, especially during the busy months of spring.  It is located about 13 miles from Highway US 101 on East Dunne Avenue east of Morgan Hill.

The building is staffed by park rangers and volunteers who can give you information about the park and help you plan backcountry outings.

In 1953, Sada Coe Robinson bequeathed her beloved Pine Ridge Ranch as a parkland dedicated to the memory of her father.  In 1971, Sada funded the design and construction of the Visitor Center, which has served the public well for over 25 years.  During those years, however, the park has grown immensely in size (from 12,221 to almost 87,000 acres) and in popularity. For more history on Pine Ridge Ranch, see Pine Ridge Ranch - The Beginning.

Getting There

Map to Coe

Coe Park is in the Inner Coast Ranges east of Morgan Hill, a town about 15 miles south of San Jose on U.S. Highway 101.

Highway 101 has three Morgan Hill exits.  The middle one, East Dunne Avenue, is the one you take to get to the park.  Heading south on 101, take the exit, turn left at the stop light, and cross over 101. Heading north on 101, take the exit and turn right.

You'll be heading east and climbing into the hills through residential areas for the first three miles. At the top of the first ridge of hills, when you come to a Y in the road, look for a sign that says "Henry W. Coe State Park, 10 miles." You'll bear right at the Y.

The road crosses a bridge and follows alongside Anderson Reservoir for a ways. Then it turns into a narrow, winding, scenic mountain road.

Note:  If you're going to be driving a large mobile home or pulling a trailer, keep in mind that the road to the park has narrow, almost one-lane sections and several tight hairpin turns and blind curves. If you're used to navigating narrow, winding roads and you drive cautiously, you shouldn't have any problems. However, if you've had little experience with such roads, you may want to reconsider your plans.

For passenger cars, Coe Park is about a 30-minute drive from Highway 101.


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.

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