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Santa Barbara Hikes

Ellwood Butterfly Grove

Ellwood Butterfly Grove

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Clump of Monarch Butterflies
Clump of Monarch Butterflies

This butterfly grove has been known by locals for a long time. Apparently it is now a project of the Santa Barbara Land Trust and the official name is Coronado Butterfly Preserve.

The best time to visit the butterfly grove is in winter, around December and January. It is not really a beach hike, or even a hike because the grove isn't on the beach and isn't very far from where you park the car.

But, you can make a very nice, long walk out of it on the beach after you visit the butterflies, or if there are no butterflies to see.

Best hours are mid-morning when the butterflies are waking up, evening when the owls come out and there is a nice sunset, and then any time in between.

There is no mileage for this easy walk.

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Try the directions here: It should not be too hard to find, but if there is no sun the butterflies will not be moving and they will be hard to see.
Posted by: Diane  on  2008-01-06
I wonder if anyone knows how to get to the Ellwood Monarch Butterfly Grove. I looked at a map, but I do not know the direction as it is not listed anywhere on the map. Many thanks.
Posted by: yasuko  on  2008-01-01
We went on Dec. 25, 2006, at about 11:00 AM. There were a lot of butterflies, and it was a great sunny day.
Posted by: martinjp  on  2006-12-30
We visited this trail on Fri Dec 1. The Butterflies are beginning to gather in the trees. Beautiful! Check out a current picture at:
Posted by: hartsteins1  on  2006-12-03
Post your updates here.
Posted by: Diane  on  2005-03-24