Olompali SHP

State Historic Park

New Entry Access Completed at Olompali State Historic Park

The new entry access to Olompali State Historic Park (SHP) has been completed by the California Department of Transportation (CalTrans).  As of July 21, 2014 all traffic to Olompali will need to enter from Atherton/Redwood Blvd. Directional signage from both northbound lanes and southbound lanes off Highway 101 are in place. Access to Olompali SHP is no longer available by exiting directly off Highway 101.

This project is part of the overall CalTrans highway construction improvements and the permanent new realignment to the entrance of Olompali SHP. At this time, we do not anticipate any traffic issues for visitors, and permanent directional signage to the park has been completed and is in place.

Olompali Has Expanded Hours Of Operation

Now you can enjoy your favorite State Historic Park five days a week, Wednesdays - Sundays, from 9:00 AM to 5:00 PM - thanks to generous support from Marin State Parks Association, Friends of China Camp, and The Olompali People.

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.

The park is located three miles north of Novato on U.S. 101. The entrance is accessible only to southbound traffic from Highway 101.

Northbound vehicles should continue north past the park and make a safe U-Turn in order to travel south and enter the park.

The park has hiking and horseback riding trails and a shaded picnic area.  Please be aware that no dogs or bikes are allowed on the park trails.  The park day use fee is currently $8.00 per vehicle.

The visitor center is usually staffed by a volunteer on Saturday 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), one made from redwood bark and another made with bundles of native tule reeds.  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.

·Park Information

  • Hours of Operation:

    Wednesday - Sunday 9:00 AM - 5:00 PM

  • Park Office Telephone:

    (415) 892-3383

  • Region

    San Francisco Bay Area



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How can I support the park?

The Olompali People supports education and interpretation at Olompali State Historic Park and is a committee of the Marin State Parks Association

Check out their website at olompali.org.  Find out even more at marinstateparks.org.



New Operating Hours!!

The park is open Wednesdays - Sundays 9:00 AM - 5:00 PM.


P.O. Box 1016
Novato, CA 94948

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David Kopler
Marin District Film and Events Coordinator
P.O. Box 1016
Novato, CA 94948
Phone 415-898-4363
FAX 415-898-1213

School Groups and Tours

To schedule a tour at Olompali for your group or classroom, please contact Interpreter/Naturalist Jill Miller at
415-898-4362 x204 or by e-mail at Jill.Miller2@parks.ca.gov.