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Goleta Butterfly Grove

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Address: 7701 Hollister Ave, Goleta, CA 93117-2423
Phone Number: 805 961-7510
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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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A walk in the forrest all the way to the bluffs, with Monarch butterflies in the middle.

How can you beat a scenic walk through beautiful coastal woodlands out to the ocean? Find a Monarch butterfly annual campout on their way south.

5 of 5 starsReviewed 1 week ago
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Goleta, California
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Goleta, California
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago

How can you beat a scenic walk through beautiful coastal woodlands out to the ocean? Find a Monarch butterfly annual campout on their way south.

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Santa Barbara, California
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed 4 weeks ago

They overwinter here, hatch toward the end of winter and fly away, stopping along the way to lay eggs and die. Their great, great grandchildren stay on this side of the Rockies but get as far as Canada and Mexico before another generation starts back. They hang along the trailing eucalyptus branches like chains of paper cranes. With world climate... More 

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Goleta, California
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 26, 2016

I live about 2 miles away from this grove. The setting is all natural. There is no paved road to walk on. Make sure you wear comfortable walking shoes. It's a short to medium walk with a very short steep uphill before reaching the grove. The butterflies have a season when they arrive and leave. Check online for the best... More 

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Cincinnati, Ohio
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 14, 2016

I lived down the street as a child and have great memories of "Butterfly Land". We had to shuffle our feet as to not step on any back then. I visited once as an adult but was wrong time of year. It truly was a magical place. So happy to hear that it is now a sanctuary and enjoyed by... More 

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Burbank, California, United States
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed July 1, 2016

The park is nice with a quiet rustic forest. If you keep walking through, you'll hit the beach. Locals are friendly and said best times to go is November-February. NOTE*** Do not follow Google Maps, it will take you to the wrong place.

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Santa Monica, California
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed June 30, 2016

I visit this location every February to see the beautiful butterflies gather under the giant Eucalyptus tree. Unfortunately when we visited this year there were not as many butterflies but it may have been an earlier season due to the weather. This is a serene and lovely grove which is clean and quiet yet popular with butterfly nature lovers.

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Carlsbad, California
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed May 13, 2016 via mobile

We enjoyed a quick walk out to the Butterfly Grove after our Thanksgiving celebration. It was a super way to walk off some stuffing and see something very special and different!

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Santa Barbara, California
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 30, 2016

if you can see the monarchs in October when they are most present it is a stunning experience. the proximity to the Elwood mesa walking trails and the ocean complete this unforgettable experience!

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Gallatin, Tennessee
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2 of 5 stars Reviewed February 10, 2016 via mobile

We hiked in on a hot February day. We saw a few Monarchs sailing by but not one clump. Probably just too late. I do remember the myriads back in the 70's and these days there are just a fraction. Plant milkweed!

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Foster City, California
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 28, 2016 via mobile

It is a bit of a walk from the parking lot, but well worth it. Path is marked and well worn. There was a volunteer there that helped us to spot the butterflies. Actually better to go a little later in the day so they are warm and active. But impressive to see the "dead" leaves come alive.

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