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Butano State Park, Pescadero

(4.6/5 based on 35+ reviews on the web)
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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TripAdvisor
  • 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 »
  • 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 »
  • Butano State park is a beautiful hidden gem just off of hwy 1 between Santa Cruz and Half Moon Bay. We spent the just one night there camping in site# 36. It's one of the hike in sites but it's only a...  more »
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  • Beautiful Park. Here are some highlights - Lots of Banana Slugs - Very nice Jr Ranger Program /Activities- Sat and Sun both had two classes each. Lots of great learning for kids and adults alike. For example: Banana Slugs use their slim trail to get back home. Even if with the best intentions you move them out of harms way, they will be lost. :( - Great campfire night hosted by one of the rangers. Be prepared for some California State trivia (State flower, state bird, etc) - Walk in campground- the best no cars to dodge. Kids can run like crazy!
  • Gorgeous trails, quiet small-scale camping, secluded but accessible. Perfect getaway!
  • Great camping site. In secluded area. Hike and bike section was very nice. Really cool trees. Look out for banana slugs.
  • This is a smaller state park with a few nice hiking trails. Doesn't get crowded like the more popular parks. You feel like you have the whole place to yourself.
  • Gorgeous. Best place that I have gone camping in California, and the hiking is beautiful. Keep an eye out for banana slugs! Great restaurants are nearby in Pescadero, which is a plus!