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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
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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
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.
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.
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
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
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
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!
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
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
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
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 to the signs describing the Preserve and a trail to follow through the eucalyptus trees. Look up and all around. Best time to go is between 11 and 2 PM when the sun is over head; warming the grove. Wear good shoes, no sandals. You can walk all the way to the bluffs over looking the Pacific. I have not been there in four years. It should not have changed much. Natural habitat.
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
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 site for which we have signage at this time.
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
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 this season, it's still a great place to visit and nice walk.