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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


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.


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 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.

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

September Activities Schedule

Please click here  for a downloadable list of programmed events at in area California State Parks.

September Activities at Butano State Park

Junior Rangers

Saturday, September 5 at 10:30 am "Creek Detectives"

Sunday, September 6 at 10 am “Animal Tracks and Signs”

Monday, September 7 at 10 am “Give Plants a Chance”

Join us to explore the waters of Little Butano Creek, hike, arts and crafts, and much more. Junior Rangers is a statewide program for kids ages 7 to 12. Sorry parents, this is a kids only program! Meet at the Olmo Fire Road along the main road of the park.


Campfires Program: “Banana Slugs”

Saturday, September 5 at 8 pm

Come join us for an evening under the stars, roasting marshmallows and enjoy games like Park Jeopardy. Afterward we will have a short slideshow on our charismatic banana slugs. Meet at the Campfire Center for this 1 hour program.


Guided Walk: "Plants and Animals of Butano"

Saturday, September 5 at 1 pm

Join interpreter Specialist Andrea for a 2 hour, dog-friendly walk along the Olmo Fire Road to discover the variety of animals and plants of the park. Bring a water bottle, snacks, and binoculars. Meet at the Olmo Fire Road entrance.


Guided Walk: “Nocturnal Animals”

Sunday, September 6 at 8 pm

Join Interpreter Specialist Andrea for a 1 hour long stroll along the Goat Hill trail to discover the nocturnal animals og Butano. All ages are welcome. Please bring a flashlight. Meet at the stairs next to the campsite #16.


Events made possible by California State Park Docents, California State Parks and Coastside State Parks Foundation. Visit us on the web at and or


Available Activities and Facilities at Butano State Park

Environmental Campsites
Family Campsites
RV Access
Bike Trails
Hiking Trails
Horseback Riding
Historical/Cultural Site
Picnic Areas
Env. Learning/Visitor Center
Exhibits and Programs
Guided Tours
Interpretive Exhibits
Family Programs
Drinking Water Available