Pismo Beach Monarch Butterfly Grove

I saw the first Monarch Butterflies fluttering around the streets of San Luis Obispo, about fifteen miles away from the Pismo Beach Monarch Butterfly Grove. I’m glad that I did, or I would have completely forgotten that they start arriving at their winter home in the groves of Pismo Beach in early November. So then I would have just driven right by them on Highway 101, and I would have missed the best pit stop ever.

If you’re in the Pismo Beach area between the months of November and February, follow Highway 1 to Pismo State Beach and the North End Campground entrance. Find the free parking in the campground and follow the marked path. Besides seeing trees full of butterflies, you’ll find docents, displays, and some binoculars set up for the kids to get a closer view.

I have already written about our annual visits to the Natural Bridges Monarch Butterfly Sanctuary in Santa Cruz, California: here, here, and here. I know that I’m a little obsessed with these orange buggers. It’s just that they’re so darn cool. So what are you waiting for? This winter, go find a butterfly grove near you.

3 Responses to “Pismo Beach Monarch Butterfly Grove”


  1. 1 Debi November 12, 2010 at 5:37 am

    I’ve loved every post you’ve written before & am now convinced. Hope to make it there some time this winter. Looks way to cool to miss!

  2. 2 Jen November 17, 2010 at 1:09 pm

    The monarchs came through the Pensacola area about a month ago and it was just lovely! My kids had so much fun spotting them all over the place as we wandered.

  3. 3 Sharlene November 21, 2010 at 4:11 am

    I have been wanting to go see the monarchs forever! One of these days I am going to make it to a major wintering spot like Pismo! You are so lucky!


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