Goleta Butterfly Grove
Goleta Butterfly Grove
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Ellwood Mesa Open Space area (which includes the Goleta Butterfly Grove) and parking lot are currently closed due to impacts from the February 2024 storm. Many trees have fallen and there is the potential for more to fall. Thank you for your cooperation. Monarch butterflies migrate each year to the Goleta Butterfly Grove to find protection from freezing temperatures and winter storms. They can usually be seen here from mid-October through February. Monarch populations have varied greatly in recent years, from almost none in 2020-2021 to over 26,000 in 2023-2024. Eucalyptus trees in the grove have suffered greatly over the last decade from beetles, extended drought and winter storms. The City of Goleta is working to enhance the butterfly habitat, protect the public, and reduce the risk of fire. Visitor information and current monarch counts can be found at GoletaButterflyGrove.com.
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cohoman
Sammamish, WA2,284 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Dec 2023 • Family
My family stopped here in late December to check out the butterflies. We did see some in the late morning, but they were mostly congregated in the high eucalyptus trees leaves. So, don't expect them to be swarming all over the preserve. Aside from the butterflies, there are trails to take you to beautiful views of the ocean shore from the high mesa. Incredible photo ops. Definitely worth the visit on a sunny day.
Written 28 December 2023
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Gerrie714
Orange, CA134 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Dec 2023 • Couples
Long walk on lumpy ground. Steep hill to get to butterflies. Not for anyone with walker. Butterflies were pretty. I got nice photos. My husband could not go up the lumpy hill after walking with walker. Sad.
Written 7 December 2023
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Kaitlyn Y
Goleta, CA9 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Dec 2022
The hike is amazing, and there are views of the ocean and eucalyptus trees everywhere. Most of the time there are butterflies, and they are so beautiful. It’s fun for the whole family. There are even trails that lead down to the beach! If you visit Goleta, you have to do this.
Written 29 July 2023
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Lisa C
Goleta, CA2 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Aug 2022
This place is so beautiful! There are great hiking trails and fun for the whole family. You can take a trail down to the beach or go see the butterflies in the forest. Amazing! We come here many times every year.
Written 20 December 2022
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sharrongeg
Henderson, NV3,444 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Nov 2022
Friends took us walking through the grove and thankfully brought binoculars. With the naked (and untrained eye), the clusters of Monarch Butterflies looked like a bunch of dead leaves in a mature Eucalyptus tree. There seemed to be hundreds of these “bunches/clusters” of dead leaves in most all of the trees. After a few minutes of education and direction, I saw them for what they were….thousands of Monarch Butterflies huddled together for warmth on a very cool November morning. Their camouflage was perfect. The walks in the area, out to the beach and back were beautiful and easy.

Highly recommend!
Written 16 November 2022
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Jeana P
Raleigh758 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Oct 2021 • Couples
Don’t go for the butterflies (none to be seen as mentioned in other reviews) - go for the great hike through woods and along open paths that take you to the ocean. The area is utilized by families, people walking pets, bike riders, and all others looking to get a good stretch of the legs.
Written 3 October 2021
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ItchyFeet
Camarillo, CA10,718 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Mar 2021 • Couples
We went to see if the butterflies were still there and none were to be found in end of February so we walked out to the Elwood Bluffs with wide open trails and great views towards the channel islands and south towards UCSB. Great place to walk and watch birds or the gray whales migrating north in early spring or see humpback whales in the summer.
Written 1 March 2021
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Keith M
San Diego, CA775 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Sept 2020 • Family
Summer is not the season for butterfly here. However it is still a wonderful day hike. Plane about two hours to hike at a slow pace to enjoy the sights.
Written 20 September 2020
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sayu
53 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Feb 2020
Was there 8 years ago and was surrounded by 90,000 Monarch Butterflies. There are none now. The hike is still nice.
Written 9 March 2020
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Linda R
Torrance, CA2 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Feb 2020
The butterfly grove is a beautiful park with eucalyptus trees and paths along the beach cliffs that go to the sandy beach. Dogs, runners & relaxed walkers enjoy the fresh air, waves and trees with butterflies. Very enjoyable for several hours.
Written 26 February 2020
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