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Monarch Butterfly Grove

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This nature walk is peaceful and educational. They have volunteer docents that do presentations... read more

Reviewed yesterday
Monrovia, California
Disappearing beauty.

Amazing to see the clusters of Monarchs. However, the number has fallen so low that they may be put... read more

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State Hwy 1, Pismo Beach, CA
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Reviewed yesterday

This nature walk is peaceful and educational. They have volunteer docents that do presentations every day. There are also telescopes set up, so you can see the butterflies up close.

Date of experience: December 2018
Thank runningandmusing
Reviewed yesterday

Amazing to see the clusters of Monarchs. However, the number has fallen so low that they may be put on the endangered species list. Please plan a visit! Plant Milkweed, it is the only thing that the Monarch caterpillars eat. If you plant it, cut...More

Date of experience: December 2018
Thank Kathy J
Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

20+ years ago there were over 200,000 monarch butterflies here. This year only 2,000. They don't know why, but the numbers are getting less and less. If you have the time, listen to one of the free presentations and learn about their flight patterns and...More

Date of experience: December 2018
Thank broland13
Reviewed 1 week ago

Stopped on a whim. Lucky it was butterfly season (Oct-Feb) and a sunny day so we could see butterflies flying. It's a low butterfly count year, but you can still see chains of butterflies. They have telescopes that let you see the butterflies up close....More

Date of experience: November 2018
1  Thank Naomi W
Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

This is a small butterfly refuge in south Pismo Beach. It is free to visit. Monarch butterflies migrate to the area each fall and you can see them flying around or clustered in the trees. The refuge is adjacent to a park with walking trails...More

Date of experience: November 2018
Thank mariagloria
Reviewed 3 weeks ago

Although their numbers appear to be declining somewhat, there were hundreds (thousand+) of Monarchs fluttering, mating, of hanging on branches in clumps of dozens. Parking on PCH is limited, and be careful pulling off or on to the road!

Date of experience: November 2018
Thank Norm G
Reviewed 3 weeks ago

Pros: Easy access, bathrooms at the entrance, lots of binoculars set up to see monarchs hanging in the trees, well delivered talk on monarchs at 11 and 2pm day we were there and tiny gift shop and educational display - and it's free. In the...More

Date of experience: November 2018
Thank Sally T
Reviewed 3 weeks ago

Docents very helpful and informative. State campground adjoins and would be a great location, but was closed for park maintenance and work. Wish you didn't have to park on the highway, but we had no problem.

Date of experience: October 2018
Thank myrtlek492
Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

Even though there weren’t a ton of monarchs flying (although we did see a good number), it’s a great area to walk. Nice paths leading to the beach. Friendly people. Loved the smell of the eucalyptus and the flowering plants along the way. There was...More

Date of experience: November 2018
1  Thank Tntraveler207
Reviewed 4 weeks ago

It was a little too early in the season to see a lot of butterfly’s. And it was late in the day so the ones there had already landed in a tree for the night. While we saw about 100 butterflies, they looked like leaves...More

Date of experience: November 2018
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November 11, 2018|
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Response from deeann55 | Reviewed this property |
We went to the docent talk at 11:00. The butterflies move around more when it’s warm. The clusters were in the cooler spots as it was a warm day. If it’s a cooler day they’ll move and cluster in a warmer spot.
August 20, 2018|
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Response from Mccaf | Reviewed this property |
I believe this is the very beginning of the over-winter season for the migration. There is a Q&A in trip advisor on this subject.
July 31, 2018|
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Response from Diane D | Reviewed this property |
Most likely not many if any but it might be worth a driveby since the area is beautiful.