9:00 AM - 5:00 PM, Daily
Park gate closes promptly at 5:00pm
The park overlooks the Petaluma River and San Pablo Bay from the east-facing slopes of 1,558 foot Mount Burdell.
The name "olompali" comes from the Miwok language and may be translated as "southern village" or "southern people." The Coast Miwok inhabited at least one site within the area of the present-day park continuously from as early as 6,000 BC, until the early 1850s.
Olompali contains "kitchen rock," a large boulder used as a mortar in which early people ground acorns and seeds into a fine flour for food preparation. Many women would gather near such grinding rocks to prepare food and socialize.
The park is accessible from both the Northbound and Southbound lanes of Highway 101. Exit at Atherton Blvd. and follow posted directional signs to the park. The park address is 8901 Redwood Blvd., Novato.
Olompali State Historic Park is open every day from 9:00am to 5:00pm. The gates to the park close promptly, so plan to return to your vehicle and exit the park by 5:00pm.
The park day use fee is currently $8.00 per vehicle.
Visitors will first encounter a picnic area surrounded by the historic Burdell mansion, gardens, and ranch facility. Adventurous visitors will enjoy the hiking and horseback riding trails. Dogs and bikes are prohibited on the park trails. Hike the lower hillside of Mt. Burdell on the 2.5 mile Olompali Loop Trail. Those venturing to the peak of Mt. Burdell will traverse approximately 9 miles round trip, depending on which trails are used. Remember that park hours are 9am to 5pm when choosing to set out on a hike. Mt. Burdell is also accessible via county open space trails from the San Marin area of Novato.
Collecting or destroying anything in the park, including mushrooms, is prohibited.
The visitor center is usually staffed by a volunteer on Friday and weekend afternoons, Noon-3pm.
A project is underway to build several structures representative of a Coast Miwok village. The village will be used as an interpretive and educational site. Visitors to the park can see two kotchas (houses), made from redwood bark. There is also a nicely labeled native plant garden.
Summer is hot, spring is warm, and fall and winter can be cool. Layered clothing is best.