Monarch Butterfly Grove, Pismo Beach

4.5
#2 of 13 in Wildlife in San Luis Obispo County
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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  • If you are a photographer, bring a long lens. Even in February, the clusters of Monarchs are something to see.  more »
  • Nice flat paths to walk. Safe for young children. Best to visit November December for the butterflies.  more »
  • Nature at it's finest. The best time to go is when the weather is a little warm. You will see clusters of beautiful butterflies in the eucalyptus grove by the beach. Keep an eye out for the...  more »
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  • 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.
  • It's kind of surreal to see the concentration of butterflies here. Wandering around the park, the area is really beautiful and just tucked away off the road. It's exactly as advertised. Keep in mind, the grove is dark, so it's really hard to take photos. Maybe just enjoy it.
  • A very lovely place to come and see busload of butterflies. The area is really nice and it's near the beach so you can adventure down to the water after you've had enough of getting elbowed over how much time you're taking on the binoculars. Parking is kinda hectic since it's right by the road so watch the little ones. Purchase a postcard and send it to your mother, because every mother deserves a butterfly postcard. Also, donate $20 to the park because you littered and I saw you and this is gonna balance your karma a little.
  • We went on a Saturday and the day was lovely. The guides are very knowledgeable and they give talks to the public, to educate us on the Monarch butterflies migration and Life span. It is very interesting. More money needs to be raised to help the Monarch butterflies protection and population. The site itself is in need of better parking. The cars on highway 1 drive by fast and there are young children and elderly people trying to cross the street. This is a dangerous situation. I truly wish the Highway Patrol would monitor that area better. Give out tickets to the jerks driving too fast!!
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