Regarding COVID-19: Please recreate responsibly and practice social distancing. Closures and travel restrictions are changing rapidly, always check and respect local regulations.

Santa Cruz, California

Photograph Monarch Butterflies at Natural Bridges' Monarch Grove

Originally added by Anca Apostoaei

Natural Bridges State Park is world-renowned for its yearly migration of monarch butterflies.

The park's Monarch Grove provides a temporary home for thousands of Monarchs. From late fall into winter they make this their home and if you time it perfectly you can see them in clusters in the trees. 

When you reached the Natural Bridges State Park, on the right of the Visitors Center you'll find the path "Monarch Trail", fallow it and you'll end up at a fence off area with milkweed plants and nectar flowers for the butterflies. As migration is variable, you may call to check on the current information on the population. 

Also be sure to arrive before 9-10 am if you want to see them in clusters, after that time they get warm and fly away. 

Read More

Tags

Photography
Bathrooms
Beach
Dog Friendly
Picnic Area
Wildflowers

Reviews

Leave a Review

Overall rating: 

Quaint Exploration

Great place to explore and take photos, but make sure to research when the monarchs are in the area before you go!

Leave No Trace

Always practice Leave No Trace ethics on your adventures and follow local regulations. Please explore responsibly!

We want to acknowledge and thank the past, present, and future generations of all Native Nations and Indigenous Peoples whose ancestral lands we travel, explore, and play on.

Stay Nearby

Santa Cruz, California

Artemis

From $100/night

Santa Cruz, California

Outsite // Santa Cruz

From $60/night

1186 San Andreas Road

Santa Cruz / Monterey Bay KOA

Los Gatos, California

Sunrise Point

From $125/night

Nearby Adventures

Tours