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Address: Ellwood Mesa, Goleta, CA
Phone Number: 805-961-7507
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Beautiful walk with or without Butterflies!

We missed the 1000's of butterflies by 2 days... but the hundreds that remained made it exciting just the same! The walk is about 3.5 miles round trip depending where you entered... read more

4 of 5 starsReviewed February 26, 2015
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Laguna Niguel, California
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Laguna Niguel, California
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74 reviews
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed February 26, 2015

We missed the 1000's of butterflies by 2 days... but the hundreds that remained made it exciting just the same! The walk is about 3.5 miles round trip depending where you entered the wilderness area from... Be sure to walk beyond the butterfly nesting area, to the ocean cliffs! Which is why it's a great walk at anytime!

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Gallatin, Tennessee
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 46 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed February 3, 2015

Those who were here in the 1980's remember the trees covered with life. Now a remnant returns but may not persist. Before the eucalyptus trees were introduced they were not here and now milkweed is disappearing. Still not to be missed.

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los angeles
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 2, 2015

The walk through the park satisfies visual sensation auditory senses and it's not pretty darn good too!

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Charleston, South Carolina
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 59 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 1, 2014

From November thru January each year, monarch butterflies do a layover on their migration in this highly accessible area outside of Santa Barbara. We were very early in the season and still saw hundreds of them, clustering together in groups of 20 or 30 on a single branch as well as flying about. It was really wonderful!

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Danbury, Connecticut
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17 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 15 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 28, 2014

We love this place. You can walk back to the cliffs or down to the beach. Lots to do even when the Monarchs are not in season. Good trails and good parking. This part of the coast is a great place to walk.

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Madison, Wisconsin
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 54 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 10, 2014

The Monarchs are here in January/February. We came here on January 2 and the butterflies were just starting to congregate. We almost missed the clusters in the trees -- look up (high)! The view of the Pacific is spectacular and you can walk along the cliff on a path for a long ways. We got directions to the Preserve at... More 

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Lake Forest, California, United States
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41 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 39 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed May 26, 2014

Free to park. Free to enter. Off to a good start! A short, easy walk takes you through groves of trees, open meadows and along a steep cliff over the ocean. You can take your time and walk one or more of the many trails, or you can just do a quick walk over to the beautiful ocean view. It's... More 

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San Diego, California, United States
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 37 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 23, 2014

Even though the butterflies are seasonal, the area itself is always beautiful. You can walks through the trees or walk along the coast. There are a variety of trails to take and explore. During the butterfly season- November to February- the butterflies are in the heart of the trees, and sometimes a volunteer will be there informing the visitors on... More 

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Ontario, California
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 27, 2014

We went to the Butterfly Preserve when it was off season. We saw a few of the Monarch Butterflies but we were enjoying the nice walk so much we didn't mind. We even walked out of the grove to see the ocean. Beautiful easy hike.

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Westlake Village, California
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed January 23, 2014 via mobile

Coronado Butterfly Preserve This was my second visit here. I brought a group of friends, so it was a nice walk. There were probably the same amount of clusters of butterflies as there were the last time I was here a few years ago. You can experience the environment the butterflies prefer...it's a lovely walk...hike into the grove. It's not... More 

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