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Butano State Park

Contact Information

(650) 879-2040

Max. Trailer Lengths

Trailer: 24 Feet
Camper/Motorhome: 24 Feet

Park Hours

Sunrise to Sunset

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.

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Camping and Lodging

Online reservations are available 24 hours a day, seven days a week. Reservations can be made 7 months in advance on the first day of the month 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 ReserveAmerica website and the telephone line may at times be limited.

Trail Camps

Butano trail camps can be reserved by calling (831) 338-8861 Monday - Friday 9am-5pm. Reservations can be made up to 2 months in advance.

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Brochures and Campground Maps


Welcome

Butano State Park was created in 1957 to protect California's coast redwoods. It has since then succeeded and visitors to the park will discover a quiet canyon filled with towering redwood trees, babbling creeks, and more. Miles of trails wind through the approximately 4,628 acres of canyons and uplands. Scattered throughout are patches of oak woodland, wet riparian and sunny chaparral ecosystems. Woodpeckers, newts, and flowering Calypso orchids can be discovered for those that enjoy hiking.

Butano SP is Crumb Clean. Visitors are required to watch this short video about the impact your food has on park wildlife.

Seasons/Climate Recommended Clothing

The weather can be changeable; layered clothing is recommended.

Facilities/Activities

The park features miles of hiking trails, 21 drive-in campsites and 18 walk-in campsites. Restrooms with running water are provided.   Drinking water is available at the park in both the campground and the day use areas.  There are no showers.

Dogs are permitted in the campground and in developed areas, providing they are controlled with a leash of no more than six feet at all times.  Dogs are not permitted on the trails.

Guided nature walks and weekend campfire programs are offered during the summer and on a reduced schedule in winter. 

August Activities Schedule

Please click here for a downloadable list of programmed events at in are California State Parks.

September Activities Schedule

Please click here  for a downloadable list of programmed events at in area California State Parks.

Let us be your guide on an adventure like no other…

California State Parks Guided Backpacking Adventures

1 Night Trip: Saturday, August 1 to Sunday, August 2

            From Big Basin Redwoods State Park to Waddell Beach

            Cost $80

(Mandatory Pre-Meeting: Monday, July 13 from 6:30 pm to 8 pm)

3 Night Trip: Friday, August 21 to Monday, August 24

            From Castle Rock State Park to Waddell Beach

(Mandatory Pre-Meeting: Wednesday, August 5 from 6:30 pm to 8 pm)

Cost $190

Who better to lead you through our parks than California State Park professionals? Travel from spectacular ridgelines, through old growth redwood forests, to sandy shores with our knowledgeable team of naturalists. Imagine if the Santa Cruz Mountains could speak, and the stories they could tell. Our guides will share the secrets of this precious wilderness and give you a window into the lives of the people who lived here for thousands of years. There is no limit to the personal growth and amazing natural beauty you will experience on your backcountry adventure. For both trips, space is extremely limited   Sign up is on a first-come, first-served basis. Register by calling Cathryn Boult at Friends of Santa Cruz State Parks (831) 429-1840 or emailing cathryn@thatsmypark.org. For more detailed information please call (831) 335-6391 or (831) 427-2288 or visit www.thatsmypark.org.

1 Night, 2 Day Trip from August 1 to August 2:

Route: You will begin at Jay Camp, Big Basin Redwoods State Park and travel along the Skyline to Sea Trail and arrive at Waddell Beach, 17 miles North of Santa Cruz on Hwy 1. This trip is approximately 13 miles long, with a net elevation change of 1,000 feet. We will be hiking no more than 8 miles per day. Families are welcome, but please no children under the age of 13. All children must be accompanied by a parent or legal guardian.

 

Transportation: You will be required to organize your own transportation for both drop off and pick up.

Cost: $80

*You will be responsible for providing your own food and gear

 

3 Night, 4 Day Trip from August 21 to August 24

Route: You will begin at Castle Rock State Park and travel through the mountains, eventually arriving at Waddell Beach, 17 miles North of Santa Cruz on Hwy 1. This adventure is approximately 30 miles long with a net elevation change of 3,000 feet. We will be hiking no more than 10 miles per day. Families are welcome, but please no children under the age of 13. All children must be accompanied by a parent or legal guardian.

Transportation: You will be required to organize your own transportation for both drop off and pick up.

Cost: $190

*You will be responsible for providing your own food and gear

August Activities at Butano State Park

Junior Rangers

Saturdays in August at 10:30 am

Sundays in August at 10 am

Join us to explore the waters of Little Butano Creek. During this 1 hour program you will participate in a variety of activities including games, arts and crafts, hiking, or exploring the creek and its inhabitatns. Saturday programs meet at the Olmo Fire Road along the main road of the park. Sunday programs meet at the Campfire Center. Junior Rangers is a statewide program for kids ages 7 to 12, were you can log your programs and win prizes.

 

Campfires

Saturdays in August at 8 pm

Come join us to roast marshmallows and enjoy games, trivia, and a slideshow on natural or cultural features of the park. See weekly schedule at park exhibits. This 1 hour program meets at the Campfire Center.

 

Nature Walk: "Plants and Animals of Butano"

Saturday, August 1 at 1 pm

Join interpretive Specialist Andrea for a 3 mile, 2 hour walk along the Little Butano Creek Trail to discover the variety of animals and plants of the park. We will look for signs of animal activity. Bring a water bottle, snacks, and binoculars. Meet at the Little Butano Creek trail entrance. No pets.

Nature Walk: "Nocturnal Animals"

Saturday, August 22 at 1 pm

Join Interpreter Specialist Andrea for a 2 hour walk along the Six Bridges Trail to discover the variety of animals in Butano who are active during nighttime. Meet at the visitor Center. No pets.

 

Nature Walk: "Researching Wildlife"

Saturday, August 29 at 1 pm

Join Interpreter Specialist Andrea for a 2 hour walk along the Olmo Fire Road to discover how scientists and researchers collect wildlife and data. We will talk about insects, birds, rodents, and many more! Meet at the Olmo Fire Road along the main road of the park. Dogs welcome. 

 

September Activities at Butano State Park

Junior Rangers

Saturday, September 5 at 10:30 am "Creek Detectives"

Sunday, September 6 at 10 am “Animal Tracks and Signs”

Monday, September 7 at 10 am “Give Plants a Chance”

Join us to explore the waters of Little Butano Creek, hike, arts and crafts, and much more. Junior Rangers is a statewide program for kids ages 7 to 12. Sorry parents, this is a kids only program! Meet at the Olmo Fire Road along the main road of the park.

 

Campfires Program: “Banana Slugs”

Saturday, September 5 at 8 pm

Come join us for an evening under the stars, roasting marshmallows and enjoy games like Park Jeopardy. Afterward we will have a short slideshow on our charismatic banana slugs. Meet at the Campfire Center for this 1 hour program.

 

Guided Walk: "Plants and Animals of Butano"

Saturday, September 5 at 1 pm

Join interpreter Specialist Andrea for a 2 hour, dog-friendly walk along the Olmo Fire Road to discover the variety of animals and plants of the park. Bring a water bottle, snacks, and binoculars. Meet at the Olmo Fire Road entrance.

 

Guided Walk: “Nocturnal Animals”

Sunday, September 6 at 8 pm

Join Interpreter Specialist Andrea for a 1 hour long stroll along the Goat Hill trail to discover the nocturnal animals og Butano. All ages are welcome. Please bring a flashlight. Meet at the stairs next to the campsite #16.

 

Events made possible by California State Park Docents, California State Parks and Coastside State Parks Foundation. Visit us on the web at www.CoastsideStateParks.org and Facebook.com/CoastsideStateParks or www.parks.ca.gov

 


Available Activities and Facilities at Butano State Park

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