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Butano State Park

Contact Information

(650) 879-2040

Max. Trailer Lengths

Trailer: 24 Feet
Camper/Motorhome: 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.

Trail Camps

Butano trail camps can be reserved by calling (831) 338-8861 Monday - Friday 9am-5pm. Reservations can be made up to 2 months in advance.

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Brochures and Campground Maps


Events & Activities

Events are free. Events made possible by Coastside State Parks Association, California State Parks volunteers, and California State Parks. Visit us on the web at www.coastsidestateparks.org/ and www.parks.ca.gov.


Junior Rangers – Creek Detectives
Saturday, October 1 at 11 am
Explore the creatures of the creek with State Park docent naturalists Tom and Ed. Look at them through microscopes and discover their body adaptations! This one-hour program is designed for kids ages 7-12. Sorry parents, this is for kids only! Please be sure your child is dressed for active play in the outdoors. Meet at the bottom of the Olmo Fire Road, about half mile in from the entrance of the park. No pets allowed. Junior Rangers is a statewide program offered at more than 70 California State Parks. Receive your logbook and badge, and begin your Junior Ranger journey.

Guided Nature Walk – The Amazing Redwood Community
Saturday, October 1 at 1 pm
Join our docent naturalists Tom and Ed for a 3 mile round-trip walk along the Little Butano Creek Trail to discover the beautiful plants and animals of the redwood forest. Bring a water bottle and snacks. Meet at the trail entrance. All ages welcome. No pets. 
 
Evening Campfire Program
Saturday, October 1 at 7 pm
Join our docent naturalists Tom and Ed around the campfire for an hour of activities about the natural and cultural history of the park. We will have marshmallow roasting, songs, trivia, and a slideshow. Meet at the Campfire Center. Dogs on 6 foot leash are welcome.

Welcome to Butano

Butano State Park was created in 1957 to protect California's coast redwoods from logging. Today's visitors to will discover a quiet canyon filled with towering second- and third growth-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. Among the diverse wildlife and plants in the park, hikers may spot woodpeckers, newts, and flowering calypso orchids in springtime.

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.

Dogs are permitted in the campground and in paved developed areas, providing they are controlled at all times by an adult holding a leash no more than six feet long. Dogs must be confined to a tent or vehicle at night. Except for service animals, dogs are not permitted on park trails.

Guided nature walks and weekend campfire programs are offered during the summer and on a reduced schedule in winter. 

Butano SP is crumb clean. Visitors are required to watch this short video about the impact dropped food has on park wildlife.

Seasons/Climate

The weather can be changeable. Winter lows average from the high 30s at night to the low 60s during the day.
In the cool forest, summer and fall temperatures range from 70 degrees to the low 90s.

Accessibility

The Nature Center is generally accessible. Designated accessible parking is usable. The restroom in the campground by site #10 is usable, but assistance may be needed to get to the sidewalk from the adjacent parking space.

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Available Activities and Facilities at Butano State Park

OVERNIGHT FACILITIES
Environmental Campsites
Family Campsites
RV Access
TRAIL USE
Bike Trails
Hiking Trails
Horseback Riding
DAY-USE ACTIVITIES & FACILITIES
Historical/Cultural Site
Picnic Areas
Env. Learning/Visitor Center
Exhibits and Programs
Guided Tours
Interpretive Exhibits
Family Programs
Geocaching
OTHER FACILITIES & VISITOR INFORMATION
Parking
Drinking Water Available