Butano State Park - Pescadero, CA - California State Parks

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Welcome to Butano State Park
Butano State Park, situated in the Santa Cruz Mountains midway between Santa Cruz and Half Moon Bay, is prized for the diversity of its habitats and wildlife, and for the depth of its solitude. Many visitors to Butano—thought to be named after a drinking cup made from a bull’s horn—find it the perfect place to shed everyday stresses. Nature’s vital processes can be seen everywhere. The unusual bend of a redwood tree tells the story of a long-ago earthquake. Elsewhere, the root of an alder tree begins eight feet up its trunk before reaching the ground, revealing the history of flooding in this area. The Candelabra redwood tree, with five huge branches jutting upright parallel to the trunk, is an odd natural phenomenon on a parcel recently added to the park.

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Within Facility
Family Camping—Ben Ries Campground’s 39 family sites have tables, food lockers and fire rings. Restrooms with flush toilets are nearby.
Trail Camping—Backpackers (register at the park entrance or the visitor center) may camp only at designated sites. Pit toilets are available. Bring your own drinking water. Ground fires are not allowed; please use only gas or backpack stoves.
Hiking—Inviting walks allow visitors to photograph mushrooms in January, spot newts in February and orchids in March, or simply to stroll among the alders on the Six Bridges Trail.
Picnicking—Seven picnic sites are equippedwithpicnictablesandupright barbecue grills. Parking and pit toilets are located nearby. (Picnic tables in
the campground are only for the use of registered campers.)



1500 Cloverdale Road
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