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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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Ellwood Butterfly Grove Updates

Update trail conditions

Posted: January 6, 2008, 9:23 am
by: Diane

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. backpack

Posted: December 31, 2007, 6:02 pm
by: yasuko

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: December 30, 2006, 2:40 pm
by: martinjp

We went on Dec. 25, 2006, at about 11:00 AM. There were a lot of butterflies, and it was a great sunny day. steep

Posted: December 3, 2006, 11:24 am
by: hartsteins1

We visited this trail on Fri Dec 1. The Butterflies are beginning to gather in the trees. Beautiful!
Check out a current picture at: http://homepage.mac.com/hartsteins/butterflyElwood.jpg

Posted: March 23, 2005, 8:40 pm
by: Diane

Post your updates here.