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Address: 7701 Hollister Avenue, Goleta, CA
Phone Number: 805 961-7510
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Description: The Goleta Butterfly Grove is an Environmentally Sensitive Habitat Area...
The Goleta Butterfly Grove is an Environmentally Sensitive Habitat Area where your can view the overwintering Monarch butterflies between mid-November and mid-February. It is adjacent to the Sperling Preserve on the Ellwood Mesa. The Ellwood Mesa is 137 acres of natural terrain with designated trails and beach access. Free parking is available at the Ellwood Mesa Parking Lot at 7701 Hollister Avenue. The walk from the parking lot to the grove is a little over a half mile and is marked with trail markers. It's a beautiful walk on a dirt path.To ensure the safety of the monarchs and enjoyment of the public, we ask that visitors please observe the following rules: -Always stay on designated trails and roads. -Stay out of the roped-off areas. -Watch your step when entering and exiting the grove, and avoid monarchs which may be “puddling” in the surrounding areas. -Do not touch or harass the butterflies. -Avoid making loud noises. -Keep dogs on a leash. No bicycles, horses or motorized vehicles in the grove. -Please take your trash out of the grove.
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Amazing butterflies!

We visited in early March, very late in the season. It was still awesome to see and the staff was very informative, engaging, and great protectors of the butterflies!

5 of 5 starsReviewed March 23, 2015
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New Brighton, Minnesota
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 23, 2015 NEW

We visited in early March, very late in the season. It was still awesome to see and the staff was very informative, engaging, and great protectors of the butterflies!

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Atlanta, Georgia
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 18, 2015

We visited out of season to see the butterflies, but still really enjoyed our time there! The walk through the grove is more like a "woods" hike than the usual CA dry land mountain hike. Then you can wander on through the grove to Sperling Preserve at Elwood Mesa where you can look out over the Pacific Ocean and there... More 

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Los Angeles, California
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed March 17, 2015

This was a really cool place to go. There weren't as many butterfly's as we'd hoped. But there were a fair amount. There were a lot of kids around and I thought that their rambunctious nature would startle the monarch's but it wasn't the kids that made it difficult to enjoy the quiet, it was the adults, talking loudly. It's... More 

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Los Angeles, California
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 3, 2015

After years of hearing about the seasonal monarchs, I went mid-day for the short and easy (mostly flat) hike. The trail is dog friendly (on leash). It's about 1/2 mile to the grove from the parking lot. February appears to be a good time to go - I saw hundreds upon hundreds of butterflies. It's an incredibly magical spot to... More 

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Westlake Village, California
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 22, 2015

It's a great place to see a lot of monarch butterflies all in one place. Also a great place to just walk around in the woods. It's close to the cliffs by the beach also

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Denver, Colorado
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 15, 2015

The walk to the Butterfly Groves starts at the Ellwood Bluff Park parking lot across from the elementary school (2 minute drive). This is a 15 minute walk from the Bacara Resort along the road. The trail to the beach bluffs first takes you to the Butterfly Groves. We have been told some years the butterflys are more active than... More 

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Shoreham, New York
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 4, 2015

As we have been visiting friends in Thousand Oaks we planned a side trip to Santa Barbara. After my wife did some research she found that during the months of December and March Goleta was a home for migrating Monarch Butterflies. After a little confusion with various GPS's we were able to find their sanctuary. It was an exceptional day... More 

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Buffalo, NY
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1 of 5 stars Reviewed November 17, 2014

We visited the Goleta Butterfly Grove before the actual Monarch Butterfly season has begun. It wasn't the lack of butterflies which caused me to write a bad review but the accessibility of the grove. We had previously visited the butterfly grove in Pacific Grove, CA near Monterey and also another grove at Pismo Beach, CA within days of each other.... More 

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CityofGoleta, Owner at Goleta Butterfly Grove, responded to this review

The butterfly sites up and down the coast are exactly where nature placed them and not a built environment that is chosen for its accessibility. We hear from most that they enjoy the beautiful hike to see these majestic creatures overwinter and we're sorry you didn't have the same experience. More 

San Diego, California
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 1, 2014

We stayed at the nearby Bacara Resort, a ten minute bike ride away. There are wide trails throughout the butterfly grove that lead to more trails along the coast. It was one of our favorite bike rides. The Monarch butterflies are there in the winter, but we say many small butterflies when we visited in the summer. This is a... More 

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Miami, Florida
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1 of 5 stars Reviewed July 29, 2014

Very disappointing trip. I expected to see plenty of butterflies, but we only saw 3 after an hour of walking a nature trail. It is a huge waste of time. Do not go.

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