I visit here at Dec. 23, 2021; Only small numbers of Monarch Butterfly where spotted
: The park is located at the north side of Santa Cruz.
note: The amount of butterflies you can see here may be different every year, unfortunately
looks like numbers are getting lower every year.
thoughts: It was nice visiting here during a warm October 2019 weekend, the
park was crowded but this did not hurt the experience of seeing the butterfly’s.
Santa Cruz Monarch Butterfly Grove is located on the western edge of town in
the center of Natural Bridges State Beach. The visitor center at the park has information
on the butterflies and their amazing migration.
Grove provides a temporary home for thousands of butterflies, the mild winter temperatures
and eucalyptus grove provide a safe place for monarchs to stay until early spring
where they start their journey back to the valleys west of the Rocky Mountains.
walking path called the Monarch Butterfly Trail will take you through the grove
of large eucalyptus trees where they literally hang out on levees and small brunches.
After seeing the butterflies you
can go and enjoy the park nice beach.