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Butano State Park, Pescadero

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Butano State Park is a state park of California, USA, showcasing a secluded redwood-filled canyon. Located in San Mateo County near Pescadero, the 4728acre park was established in 1956.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 in the day use areas. There are no showers. Butano also has a backpacking site along a trail 5.5mi up from the entrance. There is no water at the site but there is water nearby from seasonal streams.Guided nature walk and weekend campfire programs are offered during the summer.NameButano as a name has been applied to land grants, creeks, falls, ridges and forests. The earliest mention is by Padre Jaime Escudet in 1816. A butano is what early Californians called a drinking cup made from horn of a bull or other animal. A native American origin is possible.
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  • February 5, 2017
    This is a small park state park compared to others in the area. It is also quiet. We decided to hike here before we checked in for a night at pigeon point light house hostel. we picked the approximate...  more »
  • November 25, 2016
    First I'll say that the park is lovely. One of the loveliest redwood parks we've been to. We picked up some picnic stuff from Arcangeli in Pescadero - must stop! - and we had our picnic in Butano. The...  more »
  • October 23, 2016
    We ended up hiking the long loop starting at Jackson Flats and ended coming back on Ano Nuevo. It was 10 miles with a lot of up and down the last half. The loop started in a Redwood Forest which provi...  more »
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  • June 2, 2017
    Beautiful, peaceful, and silent. Even if there are young children making noise, I just went onto one of the trails, and the sound of young children yelling quickly faded away. You can even buy fire wood there. There is even coffee shops at Pescadero, and a restaurant as well, just in case you if you don't trust yourself with food at the camp grounds. All in all, an almost perfect camping ground I've been to so far. Just to let you know, the trails can be long, as in a 3 hour full spend run with no stops to get to the other end a trail, but I just suggest you walk the trails instead.
  • June 23, 2017
    We had a great camping weekend. Easy to reach, camping sites are ample, and always have a flat space for the tent. Equipped with restrooms and water. Bring warm clothes, because the trees dont let the sun through and it gets cold even in the summer.
  • June 20, 2017
    Great for families. No cell service, so be aware of that. It's a huge blessing for vacationing though. It's also quite a bit cooler here than in Big Sur, so bring extra clothes and sleeping gear if you're coming from Sept-June.
  • May 21, 2017
    If you go here, don't miss the Little Butano Creek Trail. That one is great, however the other trails in the park are long and honestly kind of boring. I think Big Basin has better hiking trails. Since it's nearby and has the same entrance fee, I recommend going there instead.
  • April 24, 2017
    Awesome awesome awesome campground. Sites 1, 9, 14, 16 and 18 (drive-up / car camping sites) will get you relative privacy. Great redwood trees and bracken ferns, awesome hiking. Now having said all that the night I was there a drunken woman was arguing with her SO until 11pm, so I can say this is a great place but it's YMMV depending on your neighbors.

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