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Butano State Park, Pescadero

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State Park · Nature / Park
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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  • Beautiful forest, definitely one fo the worlds natural wonders. The redwoods are a very unique forest and the lush trails will take you from massive trees all the way to the oceans edge. If you have.....  more »
  • We reached the park at about 11.00am, paid the toll, drove in parked at a parking spot. Tall, majestic trees, there is a streem flowing and we went down to see if there were any fish, but none. Then.....  more »
  • Beautiful park to hike. Lots of things to see and beautiful red trees. There is a $10 fee for entrance and the bathrooms are not well kept. I've been to many trails with much cleaner bathrooms that don't have an entrance fee. Also, some of the trails are hard to find since there is not much signage at the entrance. But the area is beautiful and the town of pescadero makes the trip worth it.
  • Native CA moved to NC Coast and back to visit family - never been to Butano. While visiting Half Moon Bay wanted to check out local coastal redwoods. Yosemite was my backyard growing up (Central Valley). Butano was super close to HMB and while it’s a self-proclaimed “least popular” or “least visited”... it was amazing!!! So many options - day camping, overnight camping, rivers….. So many hiking options. Flowers, grasses, birds, banana slugs.... etc. We did the 5 mile Jackson Flats Loop. Do NOT let “flats” trick you, it’s a hike. LOVED all the different terrains and variety of greens. So wished I would have pushed us to do more exploration in the Bay Area while living in the Silicon Valley. Glad we did this time. Highly recommended! So much to offer.

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