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Coronado Butterfly Preserve

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Address: Ellwood Mesa, Goleta, CA
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+1 805-961-7507

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Butterflies only 2 months

Monarchs only eat milkweed so their numbers have been decimated by Monsanto. Down 90% in 20 years, nearing extinction. If you want to see them, come soon, between November and... read more

Reviewed 4 weeks ago
Santa Barbara, California
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Santa Barbara, California
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Reviewed 4 weeks ago

Monarchs only eat milkweed so their numbers have been decimated by Monsanto. Down 90% in 20 years, nearing extinction. If you want to see them, come soon, between November and January. They used to cover the eucalyptus trees and still hang in "strings" on trees in the grove, but much more sparcely. (Honey bee hives are failing for the same... More 

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Los Angeles, California
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Reviewed 6 November 2016 via mobile

We weren't blessed by an abundance of monarchs on our visit, but the nearby cliffs and beach make this a wonder stop regardless. We saw dolphins playing in the surf and three huge condors soaring overhead. It's a fair bit of walking, but not overwhelming. Have fun!

Thank dik426
Santa Barbara, California
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Reviewed 21 April 2016

I've lived across the street from the Ellwood bluffs for 2 years now and has so appreciated it's proximity. I enjoy running/walking/hiking along the many trails during the weekdays after work. Watching the sunsets off the cliffs are spectacular - you never get a bad sunset. I've seen dolphins, whales, and other marine life right off the beaches. There is... More 

Thank HoneyLea
Goleta, California
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Reviewed 1 February 2016

The many trails that adorn the coastline and beyond are a delight for all who wish to spot red-tail hawks, owls at night or the few butterflies who grace our coast. The bluffs, as affectionately, named by the locals is a treat as you can walk in the open, within thickets of trees, by the coast, on the beach or... More 

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Goleta, California
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Reviewed 16 December 2015

We went there as part of an open house by the Land Trust, and although it wasn't butterfly season, we saw many. We were encouraged by the work of the Trust and others at preserving and growing our butterfly population. There are many trails on which to explore, and lots of sights, sounds, and smells besides the butterfly attraction. We... More 

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Laguna Niguel, California
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Reviewed 27 February 2015

We missed the 1000's of butterflies by 2 days... but the hundreds that remained made it exciting just the same! The walk is about 3.5 miles round trip depending where you entered the wilderness area from... Be sure to walk beyond the butterfly nesting area, to the ocean cliffs! Which is why it's a great walk at anytime!

Thank LumenateTHEway
Gallatin, Tennessee
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Reviewed 4 February 2015 via mobile

Those who were here in the 1980's remember the trees covered with life. Now a remnant returns but may not persist. Before the eucalyptus trees were introduced they were not here and now milkweed is disappearing. Still not to be missed.

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los angeles
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Reviewed 2 January 2015

The walk through the park satisfies visual sensation auditory senses and it's not pretty darn good too!

Thank ADRS33
Charleston, South Carolina
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Reviewed 2 December 2014

From November thru January each year, monarch butterflies do a layover on their migration in this highly accessible area outside of Santa Barbara. We were very early in the season and still saw hundreds of them, clustering together in groups of 20 or 30 on a single branch as well as flying about. It was really wonderful!

Thank T S
Danbury, Connecticut
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Reviewed 28 September 2014

We love this place. You can walk back to the cliffs or down to the beach. Lots to do even when the Monarchs are not in season. Good trails and good parking. This part of the coast is a great place to walk.

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