Monarch Butterfly Grove, Pismo Beach

#2 of 14 in Wildlife in San Luis Obispo County
Nature / Park · Wildlife Area
See thousands of Monarch butterflies in the limbs of the eucalyptus trees of Monarch Butterfly Grove. The colorful winged residents--about 25,000 of them--spend their winters here, when their northern habitat becomes too cold. Learn more about the butterflies from the knowledgeable volunteer guides offering daily talks. If the butterflies are still up north, you can still walk through the wooded grove and stroll down to the nearby beach. For travelers who use our custom trip planner, Pismo Beach holidays become easier to arrange, with trips to the Monarch Butterfly Grove and other attractions mapped out and timetabled.
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  • It is really shocking how the population of butterflies has gone down over time-- they have a chart there showing 200,000+ in 1990 dwindling to 1,000 recently. But still there is a truck and worker....  more »
  • nice walking trails. feels you are not in a city environment. however we did not find much butterfly the time we went. be prepared not to expect 100% sightings.  more »
  • Beautiful and peaceful place to walk and soak up nature. Access to the beach. So nice to see the beautiful butterflies sunning themselves. Definitely worth visiting!
  • I came at the wrong time. No butterflies for me. But the trail that leads to the beach is pretty cool. There is a creek and a bridge. Right next to the trail is the campsite. I'm sure if the butterflies were here they would be absolutely fabulous to look at. I did see a few monarch butterflies flying around, but no huge groups. To see the butterflies, go from late November to February. Nice place anyways.
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