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

The Pine Ridge Association sponsors several major events during the year in locations throughout the park. Experience the seldom visited eastern side of the park including the Orestimba Wilderness, treat Mom to a great breakfast in the outdoors on her special day, run through Hunting Hollow during late spring, enjoy a day with our fuzzy eight-legged friends in the fall. These and a few other outings are in store for you during year at Henry W Coe State Park.

Read on for more information or take a look at all scheduled activities in the park on the Coe Park Calendar.

Coe Park Events

moonlightBring the family and join us for a scavenger hunt near the creek. Come hike along the creek with us and discover what plants and animals exist there. Have you ever seen a newt before? What do you know about the Sycamore trees? Grab your rain coats and rubber boots and and join us to find the answers to questions like these. This event will occur rain or shine so be prepared to wander around the creek.

There will also be a Mountain Bike Clinic for kids. Maybe there will even be boat races. You just never know.

Details here

backcountry weekendVolunteers of the Pine Ridge Association, Coe’s interpretive association, are offering a guided group backpack trip into stunning areas of the park that few visitors ever see.

You will carpool into the eastern portion of the park to the trailhead. From there, you will backpack deeper in Coe's backcountry and spend the night in utter solitude.

Details here

backcountry weekendDue to Covid-19 precautions, the Backcountry Weekend will be scaled down this year.

Henry W. Coe State Park will open the gate at Bell's Station on Highway 152 east of Gilroy and allow registered attendees to drive along Kaiser-Aetna Road beyond the Dowdy Visitor Center. The Coe Backcountry Weekend, held in the little-traveled east side of the 87,000-acre park is scheduled for April 23 - 25, 2021. The event is sponsored by the Pine Ridge Association and the California Department of Parks and Recreation.

Details here

MDBRoses

Bring Mom and 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. Entertainment by Cactus Bob and Prairie Flower.

The event is usually held at the Ridge View camp site.

Details here

The Pine Ridge Association is offering an organized campout in the western interior of Coe Park. Here is your chance to camp and ride or hike some of the remote and less traveled trails out of reach of most day users.

Details here

moonlightBring the family and learn about Ranch Life and the Ranch Animals. There will be all kinds of animals to see and pet including horses small and large. Wander through exhibits and see what life was like on the ranch. There will be lots of crafts for the kids too.

Bring your rubber boots and enjoy the nearby creek.

Details here

moonlightThe beautiful Hunting Hollow Valley of Henry W. Coe State Park is the location of the 5K/10K Fun Run and Walk. The course is a relatively flat dirt road that follows the valley occasionally crossing the potentially wet creek to the end of the valley. If you like to splash through water, hope for a wet winter. The 10K turns around just before the road starts climbing one of the nearby hills. The 5K is also an in and out course which turns back halfway up the valley. Late Spring flowers can still be found along the course at this time of the year and large oak, sycamore, and bay trees are scattered throughout the valley floor.

Details here

tarantulaCome to the Coe Park Tarantula Fest and rub elbows (so to speak) with some of our fuzzy, friendly eight-legged guests of honor. The event is held at the Coe Ranch campground, which has breathtaking views across the ridges and canyons of the backcountry

Take a leisurely nature walk with a volunteer naturalist and search for tarantulas, or go on a geocaching hike. Hang out at our kids' activities table and create Tarantula Fest keepsakes. Talk to volunteers from the Wildlife Education and Rehabilitation Center and listen to them tell you about their wonderful ambassador animals. Enjoy exhibits of other wildlife and the natural world around us.

Details here

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.

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