Henry W. Coe Park has three entrances. Two of these entrances are open to the public on a regular basis. The third, Dowdy Ranch, is generally closed but open for some special events.
If you've never been to Henry W. Coe State Park before, your first visit should be to the Visitor Center at the Coe Ranch entrance. That's where you can get the information you'll need to plan safe, enjoyable outings in the park. You can enter Coe Park at the Coe Ranch entrance every day of the year, 24 hours a day. It's the only entrance to the park that has visitor facilities and a drive-in campground, and it's the only entrance where you can bring a dog into the park, though dogs must be kept on a leash at all times and they're not allowed on the hiking roads and trails (except for the half-mile trail between the entrance parking lot and the Visitor Center). Drinking water is available at the Coe Ranch entrance.
The Hunting Hollow entrance and Coyote Creek gate are located on the south-west edge of the park on Gilroy Hot Springs Road in Gilroy. There are no car camping sites here, but you can enter for the day or backpack into the park from either of them. You must park at the Hunting Hollow entrance since there is no parking at the Coyote Creek gate.
Dogs are not allowed beyond the Hunting Hollow entrance and Coyote Creek gate. No drinking water is available in this area, so be sure to bring what you'll need.
The Dowdy Ranch Visitor Center, accessed by the Bell's Station Gate off Pacheco Pass Highway, provides seasonal, weekend, day use access to the south-east section of the Park. The Dowdy Ranch Visitor Center was dedicated and opened on May 19, 2007. It will usually be open during the late spring, summer and early fall and as staffing is available. Drinking water is available at the visitor center.