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Monarch Butterfly Natural Preserve

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Natural Bridges State Beach, CA
+1 831-423-4609
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Early Butterfly Season

this is an amazing place. It was early so there was only a few hundred butterflies ( we go every... read more

Reviewed 5 October 2017
Go for the butterflies

Anything in the Santa Cruz area that is outdoors is going to be really nice, but for something a... read more

Reviewed 29 December 2016
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Natural Bridges State Beach, CA
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Reviewed 5 October 2017

this is an amazing place. It was early so there was only a few hundred butterflies ( we go every year, but usually in November). If you can go on a warm weekday (not as crowded) it is unbelievable how many butterflies there are. As...More

1  Thank barbaragH8741WY
Reviewed 29 December 2016

Anything in the Santa Cruz area that is outdoors is going to be really nice, but for something a bit different and interesting, go check out the Monarch preserve. They are there from around October to March, which is off season for the area so...More

2  Thank Valleyblue
Reviewed 29 November 2016

We where there when the butterflies were starting to bunch up for the winter. It was really neat to see them hanging in the trees overhead. It would be best if you had binoculars, but you can see them without. I learned that this group...More

1  Thank joelwx39
Reviewed 8 November 2016

Decent size butterfly grove, but pretty crowded with people. We talked to one of the volunteers there on Sunday, and he was very enthusiastic and knowledgable about the monarchs. Much better than Pacific Grove.

Thank Elvine
Reviewed 15 October 2016

AT THE TIME, there were a couple of monarchs. Hint: drive in and park, don't park at the 15 min or the side parking, unless you want to walk. it's not too much of a walk, but there is closer parking. There's a trail you...More

2  Thank ava1012
Reviewed 12 October 2016

The Monarchs are back 10/11/2016. You need to see these beautiful creatures. If you have a Golden Poppy Pass, you enter for Free.

1  Thank Ferd B
Reviewed 20 July 2016

This was a great thing to check out, if the monarchs are there. Even if the monarchs aren't there, the adjacent beach is really nice to walk around on. On the day I went last fall, the boardwalk to the butterflies was a little crowded,...More

1  Thank PensantALaMer
Reviewed 29 June 2016

Great place to learn about butterflies and have a magical stroll through the eucalyptus grove. Great educational trip or just for fun. A nice beach and walk along the coast right next door. Make sure to check to see when butterflies are usually there.

Thank janahn875
Reviewed 18 February 2016

We walked behind the Butterfly Inn to a very unassuming FREE place and there they were!! The butterflies were packed on the trees, flying in the skies, and the males attempting to pull the females into the trees. Am amazing experience and the guides were...More

1  Thank Retiredhappily2015
Reviewed 8 February 2016

The Monarch butterfly reserve at Natural Bridges State Park is peaceful, beautiful place where the Monarchs make their annual migration for the Fall-Winter home. Spend a sunny afternoon their and you will see these beauties in abundance. Nice giftshop with info on the preserve and...More

Thank KatieSantaCruz_CA
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Gail F
8 March 2017|
Response from Elvine | Reviewed this property |
Probably not. I think the migration ended last month. But Natural Bridges is still worth a visit.
Nancy Q
2 January 2017|
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Response from Elvine | Reviewed this property |
They were pretty high up in the trees, in clusters or flying around.