Monarch Butterfly Grove, Pismo Beach

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#2 of 13 in Wildlife in San Luis Obispo County
Nature / Park · Wildlife Area
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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's a small place, but there are so many of butterflies there! It is definitely worth a quick stop! I'd say we spent 30 minutes or so, and that was plenty of time for us. (4 adults.) 
    It's a small place, but there are so many of butterflies there! It is definitely worth a quick stop! I'd say we spent 30 minutes or so, and that was plenty of time for us. (4 adults.)  more »
  • We would never have known about this amazing area except for our friend who had been there. Oct. -Feb is when the Monarchs congregate so we saw thousands on our Feb. trip. They just look like... 
    We would never have known about this amazing area except for our friend who had been there. Oct. -Feb is when the Monarchs congregate so we saw thousands on our Feb. trip. They just look like...  more »
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  • We had an excellent time walking the path at the Monarch Butterfly Grove. Unfortunately, there were not any Monarch Butterfly 🦋 at the Grove when we went because it is not migration season. The eucalyptus trees we're looking beautiful though and getting ready for the monarchs to come in October. We took the side path to the beach, Pismo Beach to be exact. It was a nice secluded path not many people on it it had a little back access to the beach that was very secluded and nice to be able to have a little slice of the beach all by ourselves. My service dog Lucy the beautiful Johnson type American Bulldog 🐕 had a wonderful time running and playing in the sand. It was the first time she had ever been to the beach and she absolutely loved it. Temperature was excellent beautiful sunny skies mid-70's temperature 👍💕🐕🦋🐶
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