One of the quietest and remote parks in Santa Cruz. Beautiful redwood groves and great hiking. Only 15 minutes from the beach. 21 Drive-in and 18 Walk-in campsites.

Butano State Park definitely flies under the radar. But for those who love quick escapes, small crowds, fun hikes, and beautiful redwoods, it's a favorite. 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.

I recommend the Año Nuevo Trail hike, a tricky narrow and steep trail that ascends from the park's lowest elevation along a creek, through Douglas fir, redwoods, hazelnut, creambush, and thimbleberry. The trail meets a rolling ridgeline fire road that allows a few loops; Goat Hill or Doe Ridge Trail are fine choices. Unless you really object to walking on pavement, the park road makes a decent easy circuit when combined with Creek Trail.

Book at ReserveAmerica. To learn more about camping here, check out the CA.gov.

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  • Backpack
  • Tent & Sleeping Bag
  • Hiking Boots
  • Camp gear
  • Camera
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Activities Camping, Hiking
Skill Level Beginner
Season Spring, Summer, Autumn
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Family Friendly
Forest
Scenic

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