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Butano State Park Campground (California) Make a Reservation

1500 Cloverdale Road
Pescadero, California 94060
650 879-2040
37.218003, -122.351062
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Butano State Park Campground (Ben Ries campground) is located smack dab in the middle of a beautiful redwood forest. The campground has 21 drive-in campsites and 18 walk-in campsites. Each campsite has a table, fire ring and grill. The campground has drinking water and flush toilets. Bike/hike campsites are also available.

Butano State Park is located in the Santa Cruz Mountains and includes 4,00  acres of canyons, meadows,  redwoods, oaks and even a wet riparian and  chaparral ecosystem. Wildlife abounds along the 40 miles of hiking trails where you can view the Pacific Ocean. Outdoor activities include camping, hiking, biking, horseback riding, picnicking and wildlife viewing.

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6 Replies to “Butano State Park”

  1. Robt. Callahan says:

    6/18/17. Visited for first time. Hiked 6 bridges and Goat Hill trails. Beautiful and most importantly…..QUIET! Will be back. Have to love those banana slugs! Will rent a cabin next time we are there. Highly recommended.

    1. Greg York says:

      There are no cabins available in Butano State Park.

  2. Bethany Karnopp says:

    Can anyone tell me if site reservations in 2018 are able to be changed at arrival, or is the reserved site number exactly what you get when you arrive? Also, I have a walk-up site, number 33,and was wondering how far it is from where we would be unloading our car. Is there a way to drive kind of close, unload, and then drive to park? Any advice is appreciated!

    1. Camp Ranger says:

      Hi Bethany,
      Judging from Butano State Park Campground Map – it’s about 300 feet (from parking area to campsite 33 – via the trail). And you can ask the Ranger at check in if there are sites available (not reserved) during the time you want to stay. If so, and the price is the same, they may switch you to another site. Just not sure if the Ranger is able to access the reservation system to indicate the new site (you changed to) is now taken.

  3. Tammy says:

    Is the bike/hike site first/first?

    1. Camp Ranger says:

      Hi Tammy,

      Yes – the bike/hike campsites are first-come first-serve at Butano State Park.

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Directions:

Butano State Park is on the San Mateo Coast, off Highway One. Three miles northeast of the Gazos Creek Coastal Access Point by way of Gazos Creek Road, and about 4.5 miles southeast of Pescadero by way of the Pescadero and Cloverdale Roads.

Amenities
  • BBQ Grills
  • Campsite Tables
  • Drinking Water
  • Equestrian trail
  • Fire Rings
  • Grills
  • Pets OK
  • Picnic Tables
  • Restrooms
Activities
  • Backpacking
  • Biking
  • Bird Watching
  • Creek
  • Cultural Sites
  • Hiking
  • Historic Sites
  • Horseback riding
  • Mountain Biking
  • Nature Trails
  • Photography
  • Picnicking
  • Stargazing
  • Walking Trails
  • Wildlife Viewing
Regions
  • California State Park
  • Creek
  • Northern California
  • Redwood Forest
  • Redwoods
  • Santa Cruz Mountains
Campsite Types
  • RV
  • Tent
  • Trailer
Best Campsites:

6, 9, 25

Campground Map:

Campground Map

Season:

Year Round

Elevation:

250

# of Campsites:

39