Monarch Butterflies (before it’s too late!)

What's New — By kwanberg on February 27, 2011 at 5:08 am

Photo by Danielle Bauer/Flickr

Every winter, thousands of Monarch butterflies roost in eucalyptus, Monterey pine, and Monterey cypress trees along the California coast before making their journey north and east in search of milkweed in the spring. The season to see Monarchs in Santa Barbara is winding down, with January¬† the peak month to catch a glimpse of them, and most long gone by mid-March. With only a few more days in February, I thought it would be nice to share a local (if not secret) Monarch viewing spot in case there are a few lingering butterflies to spot. And if you haven’t witnessed thousands of colorful butterflies blanketing a Eucalyptus before, it’s worth a trip to Goleta to try your luck.

Directions to Coronado Butterfly Preserve:

From highway 101, exit Storke Rd./Glen Annie and head south toward Hollister Avenue. Turn right on Hollister Avenue and drive approximately 1.2 miles. Take a left on Coronado Drive. The entrance to the preserve is at the end of Coronado Drive. Since the preserve is funded by visitor donations, there is a donation box by the entrance. The 9.3-acre protected space includes Devereux Creek, woodlands, meadows, trails, and enables visitors to see one of the largest Monarch butterfly over-wintering groves in California. For more information about Monarch butterflies, click here.

Tags: Ellwood, Goleta, Monarch butterflies, Santa Barbara


  • Gracie says:

    Wow, I remember in college at UCSB I went to see the butterflies…it was such a fun trip! My boyfriend at the time and I went on a date there. I can’t afford to travel to SB much anymore…way beyond my budget. When I do travel there I stay in the Sandman Inn ( I definitely suggest it for anyone in my position who is struggling to finance a trip to Santa Barbara. Next time I’m in town I defintiely want to go back and see the butterflies!

  • Lesly G says:

    I love it when the butterflies come out in Santa Barbara. Such an experience and they are all over the place. The walk through they have at the Natural History Museum is really nice and very informative about the butterflies! If I am ever there during the spring-summer time months I try and make it out. Whenever I am in Santa Barbara I love escaping to the South Coast Inn ( So elegant and the best place to escape all of the noise of the city! Also really close to the ocean bluffs-perfect place to catch a good look at all of the butterflies!


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