Monarch butterflies migrate to Goleta each November through February and this amazing sight is best viewed at the Goleta Butterfly Grove. The site is open sunrise to sunset with no admission fee, but the City of Goleta does accept donations to support the Monarch Butterfly Docent Program. The grove is adjacent to the Sperling Preserve on the Ellwood Mesa. The Ellwood Mesa open space includes 137 acres of natural terrain with designated trails and beach access. There is a portable restroom located at the parking lot.
We recommend wearing sturdy shoes and bring binoculars to maximize your visit.
Free parking for the Goleta Butterfly Grove (and the Ellwood Mesa) is available in the lot at the Ellwood Mesa Open Space on Hollister Avenue. This is across from Ellwood Elementary School (7686 Hollister Avenue).
Sperling Preserve and Goleta Bluffs are still open and accessible from the Goleta Butterfly Grove parking lot. The trail map can be found here.