Goleta, California: Goleta Monarch Butterfly Grove (In Transition)

More than just a random butterfly hangout, this spot has some seasonal regularity. Monarchs usually flitter around the Goleta Grove from mid-November through mid-February. Currently closed for tree removal; may reopen in 2018.
Hollister Ave., Goleta, CA
U.S. Hwy 101, exit at Hollister Ave. Turn onto Hollister Ave. toward the ocean. Drive a half-mile. Turn right at the stoplight for Ellwood School. Park in the small Ellwood Mesa Open Space lot. Follow the marked trail a half-mile to the Grove. Wear sturdy shoes and bring binoculars.
Seasonal: mid-Nov.-mid-Feb. Currently closed for tree removal; may reopen in 2018.
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Goleta Monarch Butterfly Grove

Cute little wooded area for a stroll. Even better during butterfly season. Closed since July 2017. The city is working on removing a bunch of dead and dangerous trees. No information yet when it will reopen.

[Christine, 01/01/2018]
Goleta Monarch Butterfly Grove

Monarchs are usually found in Goleta from mid-November through mid-February and docents are available on weekends from 11am - 2pm during these months. As of February 22, there were approximately 200 monarch butterflies at the grove which signals the end of the overwintering season. While it is a beautiful walk, don't expect to see many butterflies again until late October/early November. The grove is available for viewing every day during daylight hours and there is no admission fee.

[Muriel, 03/19/2014]

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