The name "olompali" comes from the Miwok language and may be translated as "southern village" or "southern people." The Coast Miwok inhabited at least one site within the area of the present-day park continuously from as early as 6,000 BC, until the early 1850s. The park is located three miles north of Novato on U.S. 101, and entry must be made from the southbound lane.
The visitor center, parking lot and restroom facilities (both the portable, no-flush restroom adjacent to the parking lot and the visitor center restrooms) are accessible. The visitor center restrooms are open when the visitor center is open, usually on the weekends. The portable, no-flush restroom is available when the park is open. Visitors to the park may see two kotchas (houses), one made from redwood bark and another made with bundles of native tule reeds. Future plans call for a reconstructed native village.
Updated December 2009