Sunrise to Sunset
Butano State Park
What is open now?
- Picnic area
- Select restrooms (pit toilets only)
- The following trails: 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
- Visitor Center
- Interpretive programs
- The following trails: Año Nuevo, 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).
Protect yourself, family, friends and your community by following these prevention measures:
- Know Before You Go – Prior to leaving home, check the status of the park unit you want to visit to find out what restrictions and guidelines are in place. Have a back-up plan in case your destination is crowded. Stay home if you are sick
- Plan Ahead – Some restrooms will be temporarily closed to keep up with cleaning schedules. Bring soap/hand sanitizer.
- Play It Safe – Find out what precautions you should take when exploring the outdoors, especially if this is your first time visiting the State Park System. Learn more at parks.ca.gov/SafetyTips.
Be COVID-19 Safe– State Parks continues to follow guidance provided by the California Department of Public Health:
- Fully Vaccinated Persons: Face coverings are not required in public outdoor settings.For indoor public settings, such as museums and visitor centers, all vaccinated individuals are to self-attest that they are in compliance prior to entry.
- Unvaccinated Persons: Face coverings are required in indoor public settings such as museums and visitor centers.
- Leave No Trace – Leave areas better than how you found them by staying on designated trails and packing out all trash. Do not disturb wildlife or plants.
Visiting Butano State Park
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.
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.