FAQ's

Reservations

How do I make a reservation for a drive-in or hike-in group campsite?

You may reserve a specific campsite at the Coe Ranch Campground (drive-in), Manzanita Point Hike-In Group Camps, Poverty Flat Hike-In Group Camp, and Blue Oak Equestrian/Hike-In Group Camp through ReserveCalifornia or by calling 1-800-444-7275.

 

Campfires

Where and when may I have a campfire?

When conditions allow it, wood and charcoal campfires are permitted in the park-provided campfire rings at the Coe Ranch Campground, Manzanita Point Hike-In Group Camps, and Blue Oak Equestrian/Hike-in Group Camp. Wood and charcoal campfires are usually banned during wildfire season between the months of June and November. However, campfires may be banned at any time and without advanced notice when conditions become dangerous. Be prepared to cook food with a gas stove. Ground fires are never allowed. 

 

Why do you ban wood and charcoal campfires?

Hard fuels such as wood and charcoal create hot embers when they burn, which can travel through the air up to a mile and start wildfires. Dry vegetation, high winds, heat, and low humidity only increase wildfire danger. Gas stoves do not produce embers and thus are ok to use if operated safely.

 

May I have a fire in the backcountry?

No. Wood or charcoal fires are never allowed in the backcountry. You may cook with a gas stove.

 

Coe Ranch Campground FAQ

When is the latest time I may check in to my campsite if I have a reservation at the Coe Ranch Campground?

You may check in any time until 12 pm the day following your check-in date. There is no gate that closes at the Coe Ranch Campground. If you reserved more than one night in a row and plan to arrive after 12 pm the day following your check-in date, please contact the park office at (408) 779-2728 to let them know you will be late. Failure to do so may result in the forfeiture of your campsite. For more detailed reservation policy information, please refer to this page: https://www.parks.ca.gov/?page_id=1029

 

How do I check in to my campsite if the Visitor Center is closed?

If the Visitor Center is closed when you arrive, drive straight to your campsite. You may register in the Visitor Center the next morning.

 

How many people and vehicles do you allow at the drive-in campsites?

Drive-in campsites allow up to 8 people per campsite. 1 vehicle is included in the camping fee. Additional vehicles must pay a fee of $8 per vehicle, per night. Some campsites may have parking for an additional vehicle. Otherwise, additional vehicles may park in the Visitor Center parking lot approximately 100 yards from the campground. Parking is limited, so we encourage you to carpool.

 

How many tents can fit in a drive-in campsite?

Campsites vary in size, but most have limited tent space due to the campground’s location on a narrow, steep ridge. More information on tent pad sizes for individual campsites is available under “amenities” when you click on a specific campsite at ReserveCalifornia.

 

Are there flush toilets, showers, or potable water at the Coe Ranch Campground?

There is potable water available in spigots in various locations around the campground. There are vault toilets available in the campground and flush toilets open 24 hours behind the Visitor Center. However, there are NO showers.

 

Are hook-ups or electricity available in the Coe Ranch Campground?

 

Manzanita Point Hike-In Group Camps FAQ

How far and how difficult is the hike to the Manzanita Point Hike-In Group Camps?

It is a relatively easy 2 to 2 ¾-mile hike to the Manzanita Point Hike-In Group Camps with about 300’ elevation gain on the return trip.

 

How many vehicles may I drive to the Manzanita Point Hike-in Group Camps?

If you have at least 9 people in your group, you may drive up to 2 vehicles to carry equipment and supplies to your campsite. Your vehicles must remain parked at your campsite throughout the duration of your stay.

 

What is the latest time I may check in for a Manzanita Point Hike-In Group Camp?

Since staff need to be present to allow your equipment vehicles through a locked gate, and since equipment vehicles are not permitted on Manzanita Point Rd after sunset, you must check in at least one hour before sunset AND during business hours.

 

Why is vehicle access restricted at the Manzanita Point Hike-In Group Camps?

Manzanita Point Rd is a one-lane dirt road that is not safe for unrestricted vehicle traffic. The road has many sharp, blind turns with steep drop-offs where you may encounter park visitors or wildlife unexpectedly. Manzanita Point Rd is also subject to closure during inclement weather.

 

Are there flush toilets, showers, or potable water at the Manzanita Point Hike-In Group Camps?

No. Be prepared to carry in enough drinking water to last your stay. You may also purify water from Bass Pond. There are vault toilets, but NO flush toilets and NO showers.

 

Are there hookups or electricity at Manzanita Point?

No.

 

Backpacking Permits FAQ

Do I need a permit to backpack in the park?

Yes. You may register for a permit at the Coe Ranch and Hunting Hollow Entrances, as well as the Dowdy Entrance when it is open for the season.

 

May I reserve a backpacking permit?

No. Backpacking permits are first-come, first-served.

 

Is it difficult is it to get a backpacking permit?

No. Backpacking permits are usually available. Spring is the busiest time for the park. So if you plan to backpack on a busy spring weekend, arrive early to secure a parking space and for the best selection of campsites. We also recommend being open to alternate backpacking destinations in the park depending upon what is available.

 

What are the fees for backpacking?

$5 per person, per night. $8 parking fee per vehicle, per night ($6 at Hunting Hollow). Bring exact change. If the Coe Ranch Entrance Visitor Center is open for business, you may pay by credit card.

 

Do you have any recommendations for backpacking routes?

There are a few popular destinations described on this page, as well as some brochures you may download to the right of the page: Backpacking Recommendations

 

Where may I find information on trail conditions and water sources in the park?

The Pine Ridge Association website coepark.net maintains trail and water resource information here: https://coepark.net/planning-your-visit

 

Dogs

Where may I bring my dog?

Dogs are allowed only at the Coe Ranch Entrance in the Coe Ranch Campground, paved areas, and the ½-mile Live Oak Trail that connects the Visitor Center to the Entrance Parking Lot. Dogs must be leashed and cannot be left unattended. If camping in the Coe Ranch Campground, dogs must be with you in your tent or vehicle at night. Dogs are NOT allowed anywhere else inside the park, which includes the Manzanita Point Hike-In Group Camps, Blue Oak Equestrian/Hike-In Group Camp, Poverty Flat Hike-In Group Camp, Hunting Hollow Entrance, or Dowdy Entrance.

 

Are service animals allowed on the trails?

Service dogs trained to perform tasks for the benefit of a person with a disability are permitted inside the park’s backcountry. Please note that emotional support, well-being, comfort, companionship, or crime-prevention do NOT constitute work or tasks and as such do NOT meet the definition of a service animal under the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA).

 

Parking Availability

Do you ever run out of parking?

Yes! Parking availability is limited during the spring months and on some holiday weekends. If you are backpacking, group camping, or just visiting for the day on a busy spring or holiday weekend, we recommend you arrive early and carpool. Weekdays are usually much less busy.

 

Fishing

Is fishing allowed in the park?

Yes. The park features pond and lake fishing for the most part, but there may be stream-fishing opportunities depending upon the time of year. The best fishing in the park is located in lakes that are best suited for multi-night backpacking trips over rugged terrain inside the park. State and federal fishing regulations are enforced in the park. It is your responsibility to know and obey the current regulations. For more information, visit the California Department of Fish and Wildlife website: wildlife.ca.gov/Regulations.

 

Is hunting allowed in the park?

No. Please visit the California Department of Fish and Wildlife’s website for more information on hunting in California: https://www.wildlife.ca.gov/

 

Swimming

May I swim in the park?

Yes, but you must hike, mountain bike, or ride your horse to a water source. The nearest ponds are about 4 miles round trip, but the best swimming is 10-25 miles round trip over rugged terrain. Popular hiking and swimming destinations include China Hole, Coit Lake, Kelly Lake, and Mississippi Lake. Keep in mind that creeks stop flowing and dry up for the most part during the summer months.

 

Is there a place I can drive to and swim?

Not inside the park. Adjacent county parks such as Anderson Lake and Coyote Lake also do NOT allow swimming. For a modest fee, the Morgan Hill Aquatics Center has swimming pools and water slides that may provide some relief from the summer heat. More information here: https://www.morgan-hill.ca.gov/189/Aquatics-Center-AC

 

Drones (UAS)

May I fly a drone inside the park?

No. Unmanned Aerial Systems, or drones, may not be flown inside the park.

 

Electric Bikes

May I ride my eBike inside the park?

Class 1 eBikes that are pedal assist only are allowed on trails where bicycle riding is permitted. Several trails near the Coe Ranch Entrance, as well as the Orestimba Wilderness, are closed to all bikes.

 

Emergencies

What number do I call if I have an emergency in the park?

9-1-1. Cellphone reception is variable depending upon your provider and location inside the park. There is a pay phone outside next to the Coe Ranch Entrance Visitor Center. The park office is NOT an emergency number.

 

Special Event Permits

I want to have a special event at the park. How do I get permission to do that?

Many groups have utilized Henry W. Coe State Park for special gatherings and events utilizing our facilities and beautiful scenery. Special events that use facilities, impact the park, have large groups of people, or are not usual park activities require a Special Event Permit. You must contact park staff at least a month ahead of your potential event to give us time to assess your event and process the permit. Fees vary depending on the amount of people and how many facilities are used at the park during your event and the duration of your event. You are required to submit a $50 non-refundable fee with your filled out special event permit for us to consider your event. Insurance coverage may be required for your event. Please contact the park at (408) 779-2728 and a park staff person will contact you regarding your potential event.