Butano State Park

This park unit is partially open. Please take the time to read the information contained on this webpage to find out what is open and closed, and what COVID-19 guidelines are in place. - (August 4, 2022)

What is open now?Open Trails

  • Parking
  • Picnic area
  • Interpretive programs
  • Visitor Center
  • Select restrooms (pit toilets only)
  • The following trails: Año Nuevo, Six Bridges, Jackson Flats (from Visitor Center to Mill Ox Trail), Butano Fire Road (from Cloverdale Road to Mill Ox Trail), Mill Ox, Olmo Fire Road (from park road to Goat Hill Trail), Goat Hill (from Olmo Fire Road to Ben Ries Trail), Ben Ries

What is currently closed?

  • Drinking fountains and water faucets
  • Campgrounds
  • The following trails: Candelabra, Gazos, Olmo Fire Road (from Goat Hill Trail to Butano Fire Road), Doe Ridge, Butano Fire Road (from Mill Ox Trail to northeast end of park), Jackson Flats (from Mill Ox Trail to Butano Fire Road), Little Butano Creek, Canyon, Indian, Chimney, Ray Linder Memorial, Upper Campground Loop (Sites 2-21), Goat Hill (from Ben Ries Trail to Water Plant Road), Water Plant Road, Gazos Creek Fire Road (beyond gate at end of paved road) (See Butano SP Trail Closure Notice).

Phone Number

(650) 879-2040

Max. Trailer Lengths

Trailer: Up to 24 Feet
Camper/Motorhome: Up to 24 Feet

Park Hours

Sunrise to Sunset

Dogs Allowed?

Dogs allowed in campgrounds and paved areas.

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.

Online reservations are available 24 hours a day, seven days a week. Reservations can be made 6 months in advance 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 ReserveCalifornia website and the telephone line may at times be limited.

Trail Camps

For more information and reservations, please visit the Santa Cruz Mountain State Parks Backcountry Trail Camp Page.

Upcoming Park Events

No events scheduled at this moment.

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

Crumb Clean Campaign

This park is Crumb Clean! Watch this short video to learn about the marbled murrelet, an endangered bird that nests in the park, and how you can protect it. Vea el video en español aquí.


Visiting Butano State Park

Butano State Park TrailButano 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.

The park features 40 miles of hiking trails that wind through over 4,000 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.

Hidden amongst the redwoods the park provides 21 drive-in campsites, 18 walk-in campsites and a backcountry trail camp with 8 campsites. Restrooms with running water are provided in the main campground. Drinking water is available at the park in both the main campground and the day-use areas. There are no showers.

Guided nature walks and weekend campfire programs are offered during the summer.

If you have an hour, enjoy the redwoods, ferns, and sorrel along the gentle yet spectacular Little Butano Creek Trail. It extends 1.5 miles into the heart of the park’s redwoods
If you have half a day
, stretch your legs and see the redwoods, wetlands, and ridgetop views from the 5-mile-long Jackson Flats Loop.
If you have a full day, leave civilization behind and venture out into the forgotten forests and scenic overlooks of the 9.5-mile-long Canyon Loop.

Basic Park Information

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.

BEN REIS CAMPINPGROUND is closed from December 1st to March 31st. Reservations for April 1st through November 30th are available by clicking the online reservation tab above or by calling 1-800-444-7275. 

BUTANO TRAIL CAMP is open year round.  Starting November 1st, the Butano Trail Camp will be OPEN with reduced service. Reservations and Backcountry Permits are still required.  To avoid damaging the backcountry road system by driving on the dirt roads during the wet winter months, California State Parks will not be providing toilet paper or trash service to the backcountry trail camps until May 1st 2019.  Please pack out all trash and please bring your own toilet paper. Do not dispose of trash in the pit toilets or the food lockers.  For more information on Santa Cruz Mountains Backcountry Trail Camps, please click here

DRONES are not allowed in the park. To protect wildlife and cultural resources, and for the safety and welfare of visitors and staff, the park is closed to the use of Model Aircraft, Unmanned Aircraft Systems (UAS), and Gliders in flight.

WEDDING & SPECIAL EVENTS PERMITS please contact SMPermits@parks.ca.gov or call (650) 726-8819.

FILM & PHOTOGRAPHY PERMITS please contact the park directly.