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Butano State Park, Pescadero

Categories: State Parks, Nature & Parks
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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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  • 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...  read more »
  • Provides a selection of awesome and easy hikes along a creek to commune with giant redwood trees. There was NO one on our trail for over an hour--just us and the trees and the sound of the creek. Easy...  read more »
  • It was just breath taking, lot’s of nature to see... Forest flowers, banana slugs... Don’t forget to pay your parking! 
  • 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!
  • Great camping site. In secluded area. Hike and bike section was very nice. Really cool trees. Look out for banana slugs.
  • Great state park with nice camping areas. Hiking: Know that the Año Nuevo trail is steeper then others there, the canyon trail was closed when we visited for a land slide (April 2016) and that is only marked on some (not all) of the connecting trails; wish the grumpy entrance ranger told us that, you get to see a lot of varied environment, mostly shaded and some pretty windy due to being close to the pacific. This SP is very particular about leave no trace (good practice but their approach to it hear seemed overboard or deficit based). The remote trail camps (5 or so miles in) have an outhouse... good if you need it at that point in your journey. Hiking sticks recommended. MANY banana slugs and red CA salamanders too; watch your step. We hiked early as well as late and didn't see/hear much else wildlife. Camping: Reservations fill up fast but I was able to get one of the walk in (about 100 yards) sites which was great as there isn't the sound of cars, was under amazing tall redwoods right next to our fire ring, big bear box for food/gear, and tent. Water and toilets near by but not too close.
  • 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!
  • I like this park. Many trails of different complexity, fresh air and very quite and peaceful atmosphere .
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