Ben Ries Campground

Butano State Park


Butano State Park


Ben Reis Campground in Butano State Park, CA

Ben Ries Campground

Butano State Park Attractions

Butano State Park is a tranquil, shady retreat not far inland from the San Mateo County Coast. Those camping at Butano State Park's Bein Ries Campground enjoy dense groves of redwoods along with neasrby scenic beaches.

  • Stroll through a beautiful canyon of soaring coast redwoods, lush ferns, and gurgling creeks.
  • Enjoy picnic areas among the redwoods.
  • Choose from a host of short hiking trails winding through different sections of the park.
  • Enjoy guided nature walks and weekend campfire programs.
  • Watch for wildlife such as deer, raccoons, coyotes, and squirrels.
  • Children always like the Junior Ranger program.


Key Ben Ries Campground Regulations

  1. Wood collecting is not allowed, including twigs and leaves.
  2. Generators may only be operated sparingly from 10:00 AM to 8:00 PM.
  3. Crumb-clean: Food and garbage must be stored in food lockers when not in use

Ben Ries Campground

Butano State Park is tucked away in the coastal mountains only 3 miles inland from Pescadero along the San Mateo County coast. The quiet state park offers a comfortable place to camp close to many nearby attractions, including Ano Nuevo State Park, a string of beautiful beaches along the San Mateo coast, and Half Moon Bay.

Ben Ries Campground is set in a dense redwood forest with limited sunlight filtering through the trees. Half of the campsites in Ben Ries Campground are standard sites which will accommodate tents and small RVs or trailers. The other half are walk-in, tent-only sites, usually only a short distance from the parking area.

Bem Ries Campground Basics
Bem Ries Campground Location: 1500 Cloverdale Rd. near Pescadero
Elevation: 300 feet
Camping season: April - November
Number of Sites: 35
Max. People per Site: 8 (including children)
Vehicles per Site: 3 for drive-in sites
1 for walk-in sites
Pets: On leash, always attended
Park Headquarters: (650) 879-2040

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Reservations for Butano State Park Camping
Reservations Available: early May through November, up to 1 year in advance
Booking Window: from 2 days up to 6 months in advance of your arrival date.
Maximum Vehicle Length: 24 feet
Accessible Sites: None designated
Fees: $35 plus an $8 reservation fee
Online Reservations at ReserveCalifornia: Ben Ries Campground Reservations
or call (800) 444-PARK (7275) between 8 AM and 6 PM
Check-in, check-out: 2:00 PM, Noon

Ben Ries Campground Amenities
Campsites: Picnic table, food locker, fire ring
Campground: restrooms with flush toilets, tap water
Showers: No
Dump Station: No
Campground Map: Ben Ries Campground Map
Attractions neasr Bem Ries Campground: Choose for several nice hiking trails. Enjoy campfire programs. Join ranger-led nature walks. Visit the park's Nature Center. Marvel at the redwoods. Drsive to the San Mateo coast and find attractions such as Ano Nuevo State Park.


ReserveCalifornia Reservations Tips

California State Parks' new reservation system - ReserveCalifornia - now allows campers "to make reservations 6 months to the day in advance of their arrival date." For example, on January 1 reservations can be made for stays beginning on July 1. In the past, reservations were released in one-month blocks. Now it is day by day. For months with fewer days than the month 6 months away, reservations for the remaining days will be released in a small cluster on the first of the next month. For example, on March 1 (because February is a short month) you can make reservations for stays beginning August 29-31. Read details at ReserveCalifornia.

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