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Goleta Butterfly Grove

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7701 Hollister Ave, Goleta, CA 93117-2423
+1 805-961-7510
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Saw the critters

We went to see these butterflies late in the afternoon to keep busy and increase our step count. We... read more

Reviewed 2 weeks ago
Nancy M
via mobile
Magical Experience

This day trip is well worth the effort. The butterflies are incredible and the trails are beautiful... read more

Reviewed 3 weeks ago
erin t
Santa Barbara
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The Goleta Butterfly Grove is currently closed to public access. The Ellwood Mesa has a significant number of dead and dying trees that are at risk for falling. The City is working on a Monarch Butterfly Habitat Management Plan to restore this area as a overwintering location for these beautiful creatures
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7701 Hollister Ave, Goleta, CA 93117-2423
+1 805-961-7510
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Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

We went to see these butterflies late in the afternoon to keep busy and increase our step count. We got to the right part of the grove and we saw lots of butterflies but they were all hanging together on the trees with their wings...More

1  Thank Nancy M
Reviewed 3 weeks ago

This day trip is well worth the effort. The butterflies are incredible and the trails are beautiful for exploring a rugged part of the Santa Barbara coast.

Thank erin t
Reviewed 6 January 2018

You half to walk probably a mile or so before you see anything. Lots of people go here, but I didn't see the attraction to the place. We only saw one butterfly the whole time we explored the coast and trees. Not impressed.

Thank compcrzy
Reviewed 13 December 2017

We had a nice breakfast at our hotel and went for a leisurely stroll at the Butterfly Grove. It's very dry right now, but you can still see a few Monarchs fluttering by. the walk along the edge of the cliff gives you spectacular photo...More

Thank jammer62
Reviewed 6 December 2017

Hiked with family, friends and dogs throughout the grove. Peacefully quiet and a beautiful view of the beach once we left the eucalyptus grove. It was fascinating seeing all the butterflies as the daylight illuminated them as they fluttered amongst the trees.

Thank John E
Reviewed 30 November 2017 via mobile

We searched and searched and talked to a local who said that she had lived there more than 10 years and these last couple of years there have not been any butterflies due to the trees dying. It's a place where you can walk and...More

2  Thank mnsparky
Reviewed 9 November 2017

This and "Coronado Butterfly Preserve" are essentially the same place. A long drought has killed many trees and caused damage to plants. As a result, some of the trails are considered by the City to be in danger of falling trees. Despite that, it is...More

Thank David L
Reviewed 2 October 2017

I discovered this place at an open house for the Land Trust of Santa Barbara, but have been here many times since. It has lots of trails winding all over it which a person can explore.

Thank Linda W
Reviewed 6 September 2017

Unfortunately, public access has been restricted during migration nesting due to the drought. We have had decent rain so far this season so check with Goleta City Recreation Department.More

CityofGoleta, Owner at Goleta Butterfly Grove, responded to this reviewResponded 14 September 2017

Recently, the City received the results of a tree health assessment performed as part of the Monarch Butterfly Habitat Management Plan. As part of that report, the City learned that hundreds of trees in the Ellwood Mesa are dead or dying. Many of these trees...More

Reviewed 6 September 2017

Normally it is fantastic between November - February. However, don't go in 2017! Many trees have died due to the lingering drought and bugs/pests that are killing the trees. Many of the trees will be removed and the trails have been closed for hikers because...More

Thank srg296
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2 February 2018|
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Response from David L | Reviewed this property |
Some trails have been closed out of concerns that some unhealthy trees might fall, but most of the area remains accessible. I have not been there for awhile so I don't know whether butterflies have arrived, but when they do... More
meika g
15 January 2017|
Response from Valerie K | Reviewed this property |
The best way to find up to date information on the grove is to go to our website -- Goleta Butterfly Grove. There are very few butterflies at the main site this year. There are more at the Sandpiper site but this is not a... More
Michelle W
19 December 2016|
Response from CityofGoleta | Property representative |
The docents are scheduled to be in the grove between 11am-2pm on Christmas Eve. No docents scheduled for Christmas Day. Hope you'll be able to visit. Even though we haven't seen a huge number of butterflies in the grove... More