Butano State Park

Closure Notice (8/19/2020):
The park is currently closed due to the CZU Lightning Complex Fires until further notice. Thank you for your patience and understanding.
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 Butano State Park:

What is open now?
  • Parking is now available.
  • Visitors must wear masks at the kiosks for day use entry in accordance with San Mateo County health order.
  • Camping is now available at Butano State Park. Group campsites will remain closed. For more information about camping, visit www.parks.ca.gov/COVID19Camping. To make a reservation, visit www.ReserveCalifornia.com or call 800-444-7275. Walk-ins will NOT be allowed.   

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

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.
  • 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

(650) 879-2040

Max. Trailer Lengths

Trailer: 24 Feet
Camper/Motorhome: 24 Feet

Park Hours

Sunrise to Sunset

Dogs Allowed?

Yes
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.

Camping and Lodging

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.

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

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.