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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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  • What a site to see! We found a few Banana Slugs and boy were the sites amazing! The best part was how quiet it was. The 3-4 hours we were on the trails, only saw a handful of people. Great experience!  more »
  • Disclaimer: this is a review of the Ben Ries Campground and my experience camping there. I didn't go on any of the hikes (except for the short one around the campground area) My boyfriend and I camped...  more »
  • Beautiful setting among the redwoods. Lots of banana slugs on the trail, so step carefully. 5.7 mile hike in on the Jackson Flats Trail, and 4.9 miles out on Indian Trail to Doe Ridge Trail. No water ...  more »
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  • The Park is very beautiful and a good hiking place. But I think more maintenance and cleanliness is required. The rest rooms near the parking lot were really bad and dirty. Would request the rangers to please updating and cleaning them regularly. I understand those are pit toilets but still in very very bad shape.
  • Beautiful park and campground. It's a great hidden park and very quiet.close enough to the beach and services that if you wish to go to a restaurant it's within half hour drive
  • An absolutely beautiful park. Also banana slugs, as you can see, creating happy faces!
  • We went to Butano state park on a hot day, Bay Area weather was crossing 107 degrees but there its about 20 degrees cooler inside than it is outside of the trees protection. It turns a crappy hot, sweaty day into a day that you can actually enjoy and do some redwood exploring. I must say, I didn't know what to expect from the hikes, but they were really nice. We spotted over many Banana Slugs and it was awesome.
  • Beautiful redwood park with good camping spots. We enjoyed site 8 while kids liked the big tree of site 7 which was more sloped

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