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Butano Creek State Park
IUCN Category III (Natural Monument)
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Olmo Fire Road in Butano State Park
Butano Creek State Park is located in California
Butano Creek State Park
Butano Creek State Park
Location in California
Butano Creek State Park is located in the United States
Butano Creek State Park
Butano Creek State Park
Location in the United States
Location San Mateo County, California, USA
Nearest city Pescadero, California
Area 4,728 acres (19.13 km2)
Established 1956
Governing body California Department of Parks and Recreation

Butano State Park is a state park of California, United States, showcasing the secluded redwood-filled canyon of Little Butano Creek, a tributary of Butano Creek in the Pescadero Creek watershed. Located in San Mateo County near Pescadero, the 4,728-acre (1,913 ha) park was established in 1956.


The park features 40 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 5.5 miles (8.9 km) 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.


Butano 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. It has been suggested that the word might mean “meeting place”.

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