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Butano State Park

Contact Information

(650) 879-2040

Trailer Lengths

Max Trailer Length: 24 Feet
Max Camper Length: 24 Feet

Park Hours

Sunrise to Sunset

Driving Directions to Butano SP

The park is on the San Mateo Coast, off Highway One. Three miles northeast of the Gazos Creek Coastal Access Point by way of Gazos Creek Road, and about 4.5 miles southeast of Pescadero by way of the Pescadero and Cloverdale Roads.

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Camping and Lodging

Online reservations are available 24 hours a day, seven days a week. Reservations can be made 7 months in advance on the first day of the month beginning at 8:00 a.m. PST via the website, by mail, or by calling the toll free telephone number at 1-800-444-7275. Due to seasonal volume, access to the ReserveAmerica website and the telephone line may at times be limited.

Online Reservations

Brochures and Campground Maps


Drought Notice

In response to drought conditions that are currently affecting the water supply for Butano State Park, we will be closing down the campground restroom facility that provides flush toilets.

Portable no-flush toilet units will be made available. Potable drinking water will continue to be available at limited locations throughout the campground. These measures are in place so that resources are protected and camping can continue to be offered. If you would like to cancel your reservation you may call 1-800-444-7275.

We apologize for any inconvenience this may cause and ask you to conserve water during this drought.

We will keep you updated on any future changes that may affect your visit. Thank you.

Welcome

Butano State Park was created in 1957 to protect California's coast redwoods. It has since then succeeded and visitors to the park will discover a quiet canyon filled with towering redwood trees, babbling creeks, and more. Miles of trails wind through the approximately 4,628 acres of canyons and uplands. Scattered throughout are patches of oak woodland, wet riparian and sunny chaparral ecosystems. Woodpeckers, newts, and flowering Calypso orchids can be discovered for those that enjoy hiking.

Butano SP is Crumb Clean. Visitors are required to watch this short video about the impact your food has on park wildlife.

Seasons/Climate Recommended Clothing

The weather can be changeable; layered clothing is recommended.

Facilities/Activities

The park features miles of hiking trails, 21 drive-in campsites and 18 walk-in campsites. Restrooms with running water are provided.   Drinking water is available at the park in both the campground and the day use areas.  There are no showers.

Guided nature walks and weekend campfire programs are offered during the summer and on a reduced schedule in winter.  Please click here for the monthly Interpretive Schedule for Santa Cruz District Area of California State Parks. 

Dogs are permitted in the campground and in developed areas, providing they are controlled with a leash of no more than six feet at all times.  Dogs are not permitted on the trails.


Available Activities and Facilities at Butano State Park

OVERNIGHT FACILITIES
Environmental Campsites
Family Campsites
RV Access
Geocaching
TRAIL USE
Bike Trails
Hiking Trails
Horseback Riding
DAY-USE ACTIVITIES & FACILITIES
Picnic Areas
Env. Learning/Visitor Center
Exhibits and Programs
OTHER FACILITIES & VISITOR INFORMATION
Restrooms