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Monarch Butterfly Natural Preserve

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2531 W Cliff Dr, Natural Bridges State Beach, Santa Cruz, CA 95060-6257
+1 831-423-4609
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Beautiful Look Up!

This is a seasonal walk with the butterflies, but always a beautiful one. There is an information... read more

Reviewed 6 days ago
JeriLG
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Santa Cruz, California
Sadly the butterflies are gone but still serene and beautiful.

The trail had very informative signposts and was a bit of serenity and quiet in the midst of Santa... read more

Reviewed 2 weeks ago
Meghan V
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2531 W Cliff Dr, Natural Bridges State Beach, Santa Cruz, CA 95060-6257
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"visitor center"
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"nice walkway"
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"these beautiful creatures"
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"eucalyptus trees"
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"worth a visit"
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"butterflies"
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Reviewed 6 days ago

This is a seasonal walk with the butterflies, but always a beautiful one. There is an information building and a garden for the butterflies. The forest is beautiful with or without the butterflies. October through December is the best time to see them. You can...More

1  Thank JeriLG
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Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

The trail had very informative signposts and was a bit of serenity and quiet in the midst of Santa Cruz. Beautiful!

Thank Meghan V
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Reviewed 4 March 2018

Spectacular to see all the monarchs bunched together on the branches of the Eucalyptus trees! Take a tour to learn more about mother nature’s show.

Thank Angela C
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Reviewed 5 February 2018

This is a wonderful forest walk even if the butterflies aren't here. They come in the fall( and maybe spring) and are amazing!!!!!

Thank Libi K
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Reviewed 22 January 2018

There is not much to say. This is just a great example of nature at work. It is truly amazing to think these butterflies flew 100's of miles to this same spot every year (new butterflies each year). The trees look amazing coated in Monarch...More

1  Thank academicjock
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Reviewed 22 January 2018

everything between Thanksgiving and Christmas (peak season) to watch Monarch butterflies coming to Bay Area, they are so beautiful and grouping together in the trees. Wonderful creatures! I was told that you still can see them (much less in quantity) from January to February though....More

Thank J G
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Reviewed 17 January 2018

Was able to see a number of Monarch butterflys. Very nice walkway down to the butteryfly area, and lots of good infomation in the visitor center

Thank Tom Y
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Reviewed 5 October 2017

this is an amazing place. It was early so there was only a few hundred butterflies ( we go every year, but usually in November). If you can go on a warm weekday (not as crowded) it is unbelievable how many butterflies there are. As...More

1  Thank barbaragH8741WY
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Reviewed 29 December 2016

Anything in the Santa Cruz area that is outdoors is going to be really nice, but for something a bit different and interesting, go check out the Monarch preserve. They are there from around October to March, which is off season for the area so...More

2  Thank Valleyblue
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Reviewed 29 November 2016

We where there when the butterflies were starting to bunch up for the winter. It was really neat to see them hanging in the trees overhead. It would be best if you had binoculars, but you can see them without. I learned that this group...More

1  Thank joelwx39
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Liz M
14 March 2018|
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Response from academicjock | Reviewed this property |
The season may be waning. I took a minute (as could have others) and 'googled' the park. There is a phone number for getting updates. (831) 423-4609
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Gail F
9 March 2017|
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Response from NomadaNina | Reviewed this property |
Probably not. I think the migration ended last month. But Natural Bridges is still worth a visit.
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Nancy Q
2 January 2017|
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Response from NomadaNina | Reviewed this property |
They were pretty high up in the trees, in clusters or flying around.
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