Sites
Sites

The sites that make up the Western Monarch Trail will be represented by signage along the migration path of the western monarch butterfly. Panels are currently being developed and installed in several locations along the Central Coast of California. Signage will also eventually be staked in Oregon, Washington, Idaho, Utah and Nevada. These sites, whether on public or private lands, are crucial overwintering, breeding and nectaring locations for monarchs during their migration. Click the button below to view the map!

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Panels are also in the works for the following locations along California’s Central Coast:
William R. Hearst Memorial Beach in San Simeon
Downtown Cambria
Monarch Preserve in Los Osos
Monarch Dunes Butterfly Habitat in Nipomo
Avila Valley Barn in Avila Beach
San Luis Obispo Botanical Garden in San Luis Obispo
Santa Margarita School Gateway to Nature

Pismo State Beach Monarch Grove

Located on the beautiful central coast of California, the Pismo State Beach Monarch Grove has a lot to offer. Historically, it has had one of the largest overwintering western monarch populations with November through February as the best time to see the monarchs in early morning clusters. For more information to plan your visit, where to stay and what to do, visit Highway 1 Road Trip.

This is the inaugural location for the Western Monarch Trail. View the panels below!

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Hueneme Masonic Cemetery

The grove of Eucalyptus at this historic site in Ventura County, CA is a host for overwintering populations of the western monarch butterfly. During their stay, monarchs need healthy forests to shelter them from winter storms and native flowers to feed on through the winter. 

Carpinteria Creek

This healthy watershed in Ventura County, CA hosts a grove of trees which serves as an overwintering site that supports a large population of western monarchs. During their stay here, the monarchs need healthy forests to shelter them from winter storms and native flowers to feed on through the winter.

Additional sites and information coming soon.