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Goleta Butterfly Grove

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Address: 7701 Hollister Ave, Goleta, CA 93117-2423
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+1 805-961-7510

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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Up, Up & Away

great spot for the family to stroll among the eucalyptus trees watching the thousands of monarchs fly around

5 of 5 bubblesReviewed 4 weeks ago
Santa Barbara, California
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3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

It is a very nice walk how ever you cannot approach it from the treed side the hillside is very steep with roots in the way. It is not marked from the ocean side but if you see at the edge of the trees a low rope follow it in. There are very few butterflies when I went just after... More 

Thank Nancy H
Edegem, Belgium
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2 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

We have seen a couple of small clusters, but they are located away from the grove... We haven't found any in the Grove. Where are they? Park you car on the official parking. Follow the indicated trail till you exit the first "forrest". Don t follow the indications (guiding you to the left), but turn right. Follow the trail, keep... More 

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

Thanks for your review. You are correct, there have not been very many butterflies at the main aggregation site (which is where the signs point you to). The butterflies seem to be at the secondary sites this year and we may put out additional signage to help visitors find them. More 

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

great spot for the family to stroll among the eucalyptus trees watching the thousands of monarchs fly around

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Goleta, California
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 14 September 2016

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.

Thank markes805
Santa Barbara, California
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 30 August 2016

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 bubbles Reviewed 26 July 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 

Thank barbara l
Cincinnati, Ohio
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 14 July 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 bubbles Reviewed 2 July 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.

Thank ceohector
Santa Monica, California
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 July 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.

Thank Susan90405
Carlsbad, California
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 14 May 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!

Thank db7477

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