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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
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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
HappyTrails12345
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Santa Barbara, California
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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 good) and the walk along the beach cliffs beautiful. We found a path down to the beach and THAT was the highlight of this visit, walking as far as we could down the coast, seeing the snowy plovers, talking to the docent on the beach, seeing for ourselves the tarry substance that occurs naturally, finding an abandoned building that’s been covered with colorful graffiti. We found some beautiful rocks and some nice pieces of sea glass. Coming back, we got lost on the myriad of trails and ended up in a neighborhood and came back to our car via sidewalks. All in all, good day, maybe a bit long, but that was our own fault. We did get 20,000 steps on our fitbits!!

1  Thank allison c
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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 all closed up. I was told that it was too chilly to see a lot flying around. I would suggest going on a warm sunny day earlier than right before sundown.

1  Thank Nancy M
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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.

Thank erin t
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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.

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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 opportunities

Thank jammer62
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