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Goleta Butterfly Grove

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Great place to go for a run or walk

I've been running the trails of this preserve since attending UCSB in the 80's. It's great to... read more

Reviewed June 20, 2018
Steve A
Saratoga, California
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
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“wings”(5 reviews)
We are sad to have to inform you, that as a result of the findings of a tree health assessment, many of the trails on Ellwood Mesa have been closed. The Ellwood Main Monarch Aggregation Site (aka Goleta Butterfly Grove) and other Monarch Butterfly...more
7701 Hollister Ave, Goleta, CA 93117-2423
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Reviewed June 20, 2018

I've been running the trails of this preserve since attending UCSB in the 80's. It's great to return and always find that it's still preserved the way nature had intended. I'll run there starting out from IV, around the lagoon and out to the preserve...More

Date of experience: June 2018
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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: January 2018
3  Thank HappyTrails12345
Reviewed April 4, 2018

While its a great idea to have a place where you can see lots of butterflies, this one is not very appealing to walk through, as it consists only of a small grove of half dead eucalyptus trees with a dirt pathway leading to a...More

Date of experience: January 2018
Thank cmkr1969
Reviewed February 23, 2018 via mobile

We love exploring unique areas and did enjoy the walk to the beach and the walk along the beach, but were disappointed that we didn’t see any butterfly gatherings. We did see one flutter by. But, the walk through the eucalyptus grove was nice (smelled...More

Date of experience: February 2018
1  Thank allison c
Reviewed January 31, 2018 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

Date of experience: February 2018
1  Thank 40nancym
Reviewed January 22, 2018

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.

Date of experience: October 2017
Thank erin t
Reviewed January 6, 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.

Date of experience: January 2018
Thank compcrzy
Reviewed December 13, 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

Date of experience: November 2017
Thank jammer62
Reviewed December 6, 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.

Date of experience: November 2017
Thank John E
Reviewed November 30, 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

Date of experience: November 2017
2  Thank mnsparky
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February 2, 2018|
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Response from Ed A | Reviewed this property |
Get off 101 at Cathedral Oaks from the north, turn right to Hollister, turn left on Hollister about 1.3 miles to Coronado Dr. Turn Right on Coronado, go about .3 of a mile. On the right should be a trail up the slight hill... More
meika g
January 15, 2017|
Response from Valerie C | 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
December 19, 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