Olompali State Historic Park

UPDATE (June 23, 2020) - As California State Parks begins working with locals on a phased and regionally-driven approach to increase access to state park units where compliance with state and local public health ordinances can be achieved, it is important for visitors to continue to practice physical distancing and avoid congregating with people outside their immediate household. Everyone has the responsibility to mitigate the spread of COVID-19.

Here are some guidelines for people visiting Olompali State Historical Park:

What is open now?
  • Parking lot
  • Trails

What is currently closed at this park and throughout the State Park System?

At this park:
  • Visitors Center

Statewide:
  • Many campgrounds across the state remain closed until further notice. Some campgrounds have started to reopen with modifications. For more information, please visit www.parks.ca.gov/COVID19Camping.
  • Many High public-use indoor facilities, including museums and visitor centers.
  • Special events and tours continue to be canceled until further notice.

Are there any new visitor guidelines?

Yes, please see below:
  • Stay Local: Stay close to home. Walk or bike into the park. Parking is very limited. Do not take road trips to parks and beaches or to neighboring states.
  • Stay Active: Keep walking, jogging, hiking and biking. Watch for one-way trails.
  • Stay Safer at 6 Feet: Maintain a physical distance of 6 feet or more. Gatherings, picnics and parties are not allowed. Visitors will be asked to leave if there are too many people at the park, beach or on trails to allow for the required physical distance.
  • Stay Clean: Be prepared. Bring soap/sanitizer and pack out all trash.
  • Stay Covered: The state now requires you to wear a face covering in most indoor settings and public outdoor spaces when you cannot maintain physical distancing of six feet or more from people outside of your immediate household. For details, please visit CDPH’s guidance here. Visitors should also abide by their local county health orders.

Thank you for your patience and continued support of California State Parks as we work to limit your risk for exposure to COVID-19 in the outdoors. For more information, please visit parks.ca.gov/FlattenTheCurve.

Phone Number

(707) 769-5652

Park Hours

9:00 AM - 5:00 PM, Daily

Park gate closes promptly at 5:00pm

Dogs Allowed?

Yes
Dogs allowed only in developed areas. Dogs not allowed in the following areas: trails, dirt roads, backcountry areas, historic buildings, and historic gardens.

Driving Directions to Olompali SHP

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.

Online reservations are not available for this park.

Upcoming Park Events

No events scheduled at this moment.

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

Day Use Fee

Parking Payment Notice:
Payment for parking must be paid with exact cash only.  Look for the yellow fee deposit tube at the west end of the parking lot to leave your payment.  Parking is $8 per vehicle.  Our automated credit card machine is no longer available.

General Information

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.

Location-Directions

The park is accessible from both the Northbound and Southbound lanes of Highway 101. Exit at  Atherton Ave./San Marin Dr. and follow posted directional signs to the park.  The park address is 8901 Redwood Blvd., Novato.

Facilities

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 when choosing to set out on a hike that park hours are 9am to 5pm.  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.

Seasons, Climate, Recommended Clothing

Summer is hot, spring is warm, and fall and winter can be cool. Layered clothing is best.

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