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Coronado Butterfly Preserve

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Monarch butterflies here from around November to February

I am a local and I have come here for many years. I always love coming to see the butterflies in... read more

Reviewed June 13, 2018
Santa Barbara, California
Gorgeous Scenery on a Gorgeous Day

Have wanted to visit here for years. Today was the day. I had read on their website that many of... read more

Reviewed January 27, 2018
Santa Maria, California
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Ellwood Mesa, Goleta, CA
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Reviewed June 13, 2018

I am a local and I have come here for many years. I always love coming to see the butterflies in this beautiful eucalyptus grove that smells so fresh. It's always possible to continue the adventure and walk out the bluffs to the beach, not...More

Date of experience: December 2017
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Reviewed January 27, 2018

Have wanted to visit here for years. Today was the day. I had read on their website that many of the eucalyptus trees were dying and had fallen down. They had posted Trail Closed signs in much of the area, but their commentary indicated that...More

Date of experience: January 2018
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Reviewed October 10, 2017

The butterflies, once so plentiful are reduced to just a few. Our 7-year drought has damaged many of the eucalyptus trees, some of which will have to be taken out. The City of Goleta and various residents are arguing now about how many and how...More

Date of experience: October 2017
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Reviewed September 4, 2017

February to April Monarch Butterfly spend the winter hanging in clusters to keep warm on the Eucalyptus Trees

Date of experience: February 2017
Thank Ed A
Reviewed March 28, 2017

Monarchs only eat milkweed so their numbers have been decimated by Monsanto. Down 90% in 20 years, nearing extinction. If you want to see them, come soon, between November and January. They used to cover the eucalyptus trees and still hang in "strings" on trees...More

Date of experience: March 2017
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Reviewed November 5, 2016 via mobile

We weren't blessed by an abundance of monarchs on our visit, but the nearby cliffs and beach make this a wonder stop regardless. We saw dolphins playing in the surf and three huge condors soaring overhead. It's a fair bit of walking, but not overwhelming....More

Date of experience: November 2016
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Reviewed April 21, 2016

I've lived across the street from the Ellwood bluffs for 2 years now and has so appreciated it's proximity. I enjoy running/walking/hiking along the many trails during the weekdays after work. Watching the sunsets off the cliffs are spectacular - you never get a bad...More

Date of experience: April 2016
Thank HoneyLea
Reviewed February 1, 2016

The many trails that adorn the coastline and beyond are a delight for all who wish to spot red-tail hawks, owls at night or the few butterflies who grace our coast. The bluffs, as affectionately, named by the locals is a treat as you can...More

Date of experience: January 2016
Thank toplay
Reviewed December 15, 2015

We went there as part of an open house by the Land Trust, and although it wasn't butterfly season, we saw many. We were encouraged by the work of the Trust and others at preserving and growing our butterfly population. There are many trails on...More

Date of experience: October 2015
Thank Linda W
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,...More

Date of experience: February 2015
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January 11, 2019|
Response from Valerie C |
There are very few butterflies at this time.