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Address: State Hwy 1, Pismo Beach, CA
Phone Number: 805 773 4382
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Activities: Viewing wildlife
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The Butterflies are here!

You must see this unbelievable groove where Monarchs come to roost, so to speak. They look like leaves in a tree, from a distance, until you can peek through the telescopes and... read more

5 of 5 starsReviewed March 18, 2015
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Chico, California
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Chico, California
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8 reviews 8 reviews
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 18, 2015

You must see this unbelievable groove where Monarchs come to roost, so to speak. They look like leaves in a tree, from a distance, until you can peek through the telescopes and see the details of their wings, etc. I never new this place existed until and accidental stop. I hope to get back to see them when it is... More 

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Grand Junction, Colorado
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21 reviews 21 reviews
6 attraction reviews
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed March 17, 2015

We stay at the North Shore State Beach and this is an easy walk to check out the Eucalyptus Grove where the Monarch Butterflies migrate. It's so amazing to see how they just hang in large clusters and the sky is just filled with butterflies. We usually go to Pismo in Feb. and there's still several 1000 that haven't left... More 

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Paso Robles, California
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed March 13, 2015

We did visit it very late in the season, but still enjoyed it as a quick little stop on our travels!

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Livermore, California
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed March 6, 2015

We visited in February and there were still quite a few butterflies to see in the Eucalyptus trees. Nice place to stop for 1/2 hour.

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 3, 2015

Awe-inspiring! Thousands of Monarch butterflies stop at this grove from Nov. - Feb during their migration. Friendly, knowledgeable volunteers inform you about the butterflies and the grove.

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San Francisco, California
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed March 3, 2015

What a great place to look at Monarch butterflies fluttering away or resting on tall eucalyptus. Bonuses are plenty of parking and volunteers talk about the grove and the butterflies. Must do in Pismo Beach right off Highway 1 on the outskirts of town.

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Golden, Colorado
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed March 2, 2015

Lots of fun but very small area. A definite must if yourvin the area. Near the ocean and can walk down to it.

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Moorpark, California
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed March 2, 2015

The Monarch Butterflies come to winter here, in the eucalyptus and cypress trees. They may be hanging in clumps in the trees, or they may be flying around if the weather is warm. Watch your step, as they occasionally land on the path, and you don't want to step on them. A fun stop on your way, to watch the... More 

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed March 2, 2015

This place is great. It is a nice spot to take your family or your special girl and just take a nice walk around. Also camp grounds are in the area if you choose to stay. My wife loved walking through looking at all them butterflies.

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Fresno, California
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed February 23, 2015

I wouldn't drive all the way to the central coast for this...but if you're here between October and Februrary do yourself a favor and check it out. It's easy to find right next to Pismo State Beach campground. This park service does a good job with presentations and scopes set up to get a close-up view of the butterflies. Sometimes... More 

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