Coe Ranch Campground
Henry W. Coe State Park covers more than 87,000 acres of mostly undeveloped hills and ridges in southern Santa Clara County. Visitors to the park enjoy exploring 250 miles of trails. Many trails are open to mountain bikers and horseback riders. Backpackers set off into the Orestimba Wilderness. The park is home to a variety of wildlife, including mule deer, elk, bobcats, mountain lions, feral pigs, and foxes.
Coe Ranch Campground has 19 sites, each with a picnic table and a firepit with a grill grate. When fire danger is high, campsite fires may be prohibited, but the use of camp stoves would likely still be allowed. The campground has vault toilets, but nearby at the Visitor Center are flush toilets, sinks, and mirrors. Nine of the campsites at Coe Ranch Campground can accommodate small RVs, trailers, and tents. Eight of the sites are designated for tents only. Ramadas are provided for sites without natural shade.
Coe Park has two horse camps and a number of backcountry horse camps. The Headquarters Horsecamp, however, has been closed because of parking congestion around the visitor center area.
The park also has a number of backcountry group camps which require hikes of 2 to 4 miles to reach.
Changes in California State Parks Reservation System
California State Parks is switching to a new reservation system beginning August 1, 2017. ReserveCalifornia will replace the previous ReserveAmerica. "Beginning on midnight July 26, 2017, the website and telephone reservations for California's state parks will be temporarily offline to prepare for the exciting launch of the new system on August 1. During this time, all existing reservations will be honored. An electronic or hard copy from ReserveAmerica will need to be presented to State Parks staff when checking in for reservation made prior to July 26, 2017."
ReserveCalifornia Reservations Tips
California State Parks' new reservation system - ReserveCalifornia - now allows campers "to make reservations 6 months to the day in advance of their arrival date." For example, on January 1 reservations can be made for stays beginning on July 1. In the past, reservations were released in one-month blocks. Now it is day by day. For months with fewer days than the month 6 months away, reservations for the remaining days will be released in a small cluster on the first of the next month. For example, on March 1 (because February is a short month) you can make reservations for stays beginning August 29-31. Read details at ReserveCalifornia.
General Camping Information
Opening and closing dates of campgrounds are only estimates, usually dependent on snow conditions. Not all campsites can accommodate trailers or RVs of all lengths. Check carefully on the website when you make your reservation to be sure your vehicle will fit your campsite.
Designated Accessible sites are usually reserved for people with disabilities who have a vehicle displaying an accessible parking placard or license plate