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Monarch Butterfly Natural Preserve

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Address: Natural Bridges State Beach, CA
Phone Number: +1 831-423-4609
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Very interesting place to see the Monarch butterfiles

We where there when the butterflies were starting to bunch up for the winter. It was really neat to see them hanging in the trees overhead. It would be best if you had... read more

5 of 5 bubblesReviewed 1 week ago
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Saint Paul, Minnesota

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Saint Paul, Minnesota
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago

We where there when the butterflies were starting to bunch up for the winter. It was really neat to see them hanging in the trees overhead. It would be best if you had binoculars, but you can see them without. I learned that this group of monarchs migrate from Santa Cruz north into Nevada and back.

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Portland, Oregon
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3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 weeks ago

Decent size butterfly grove, but pretty crowded with people. We talked to one of the volunteers there on Sunday, and he was very enthusiastic and knowledgable about the monarchs. Much better than Pacific Grove.

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Stockton, California
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3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 15 October 2016

AT THE TIME, there were a couple of monarchs. Hint: drive in and park, don't park at the 15 min or the side parking, unless you want to walk. it's not too much of a walk, but there is closer parking. There's a trail you follow that leads you to the viewing station, its relaxing, but when I went it... More 

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 12 October 2016

The Monarchs are back 10/11/2016. You need to see these beautiful creatures. If you have a Golden Poppy Pass, you enter for Free.

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Thank Ferd B
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 20 July 2016

This was a great thing to check out, if the monarchs are there. Even if the monarchs aren't there, the adjacent beach is really nice to walk around on. On the day I went last fall, the boardwalk to the butterflies was a little crowded, but with the exception of one rowdy group, everyone was respectful and quiet. There are... More 

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Grass Valley, California
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 29 June 2016

Great place to learn about butterflies and have a magical stroll through the eucalyptus grove. Great educational trip or just for fun. A nice beach and walk along the coast right next door. Make sure to check to see when butterflies are usually there.

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Hilton Head, South Carolina
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 18 February 2016

We walked behind the Butterfly Inn to a very unassuming FREE place and there they were!! The butterflies were packed on the trees, flying in the skies, and the males attempting to pull the females into the trees. Am amazing experience and the guides were extremely knowledgable!! I'm a retired teacher and I learned lots!! A regret was that my... More 

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Santa Cruz, California
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 8 February 2016

The Monarch butterfly reserve at Natural Bridges State Park is peaceful, beautiful place where the Monarchs make their annual migration for the Fall-Winter home. Spend a sunny afternoon their and you will see these beauties in abundance. Nice giftshop with info on the preserve and Monarchs

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Jenks, Oklahoma
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 31 January 2016

Not a big fan of butterflies, but the wife wanted us to go and check out. It was a nice stroll and we did see quite a few of the Monarch butterflies. Most of the butterflies were higher in the trees and you had to search to see them. If you have the time and inclination go do this. It's... More 

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Northern California
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 23 November 2015

Natural Bridges State Park/Beach is at the Northern end of beautiful Santa Cruz's ocean-edge cliffs & beaches. We went for the Monarch Butterfly migration spectacular in which they mass on the eucalyptus trees. Well, no more...waaaaa! 12 years ago there were hundreds of thousand of them there, completely covering the tress in the protected grove, with hundreds of hanging clusters.... More 

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