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Goleta Butterfly Grove

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A wonderful walk through the home of the monarchs

We found this large, beautiful grove purely by accident. You can walk for miles down this... read more

Reviewed January 16, 2016
Anaundda E
San Luis Obispo, California
Nice area to walk and see Monarchs

The walking trails are wide and easy. There are beautiful ocean and island views along the bluff as... read more

Reviewed December 30, 2015
Lahaina, Hawaii
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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 January 16, 2016

We found this large, beautiful grove purely by accident. You can walk for miles down this well-marked trail that leads all the way to the ocean. It is an easy walk and provides much shade. This is the biggest butterfly grove I have ever seen!...More

Date of experience: January 2016
Thank Anaundda E
Reviewed December 30, 2015 via mobile

The walking trails are wide and easy. There are beautiful ocean and island views along the bluff as well as beach access. The butterfly groves are an added bonus. We didn't see too many Monarchs, but the clusters that we saw were pretty cool.

Date of experience: December 2015
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Reviewed December 23, 2015

quiet, by the beach bluffs, easy hiking area. i dont see many butterflies though. it is never crowded.

Date of experience: October 2015
1  Thank ladybugmel
Reviewed December 17, 2015

Nice open country leading to a grove of eucalyptis trees where the butterflies hang out. Nice dirt trails lead out to the bluff over looking the ocean. You can see the Channel Islands if the smog clears. Nice access to beach.

Date of experience: December 2015
Thank William F
Reviewed December 4, 2015

One of the best places to go for a hike in all SB - especially for those of us who don't want too strenuous. The monarch butterflies are magnificent. You really should see them fluttering in and out of the grove and the way they...More

Date of experience: February 2015
Thank QLPanek
Reviewed December 2, 2015

We didn't see a whole lot of butterflies. But the grove is still a nice place to walk around and spend a half hour. Kids can run around and work off some energy. The grove is bang in the middle of a residential area but...More

Date of experience: November 2015
Thank Arnab B
Reviewed November 29, 2015

A short walk to a secluded grove of trees loaded with monarch butterflies. I have never seen anything like it. Also take the time to walk to the bluff for some lovely views of the coast.

Date of experience: November 2015
Thank alice_lenthe
Reviewed November 18, 2015

If you are looking for the true beauty of Southern California and the Coastal area, then this is a must. You will enjoy a short walk to the area with countless trails to take you to the beach front as well. Take your camera. I...More

Date of experience: November 2015
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CityofGoleta, Owner at Goleta Butterfly Grove, responded to this reviewResponded November 23, 2015

Glad you enjoyed your visit. The population should continue to increase over the next month or so and it's a beautiful sight!

Reviewed November 16, 2015 via mobile

After traveling thousands of miles; the Monarchs fly into this area just west of the UCSB campus and Isla Vista.Gathering in the eucalyptus trees on the bluffs along this part of the Central California coast; they provide an amazing sight.Take a hike and be a...More

Date of experience: March 2015
1  Thank white0rca
Reviewed August 22, 2015

A joy - a gasp - a shiver - a laugh - this is a MUST in the BUTTERFLY SEASON - so open and beautiful - so awesomely natural - butterflies (monarchs) alight on your sleeves, only to leave you shivering for more

Date of experience: August 2015
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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
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