Welcome to the Pismo Beach Monarch Butterfly Grove

Monarch Season is late October thru February

Monarch Grove Dates

Here are some important dates for the coming season:

  • Monarch Butterfly Grove opens for the season on 10-22-16
  • A Brush with the Butterflies is 11-5-16
  • Western Monarch Day is 2-4-17
  • Butterfly Grove Closes on 2-27-17
Current Monarch Grove Counts

No current count at this time since grove is not open yet. We normally update the count on a weekly basis.

  • NOTE: Count from 2016 season on February 5, 2016 = 28,000+
Basic Grove Information

The Monarch Butterfly Grove is located half a mile south of Pismo Beach just off Hwy 1. The grove is open from late October through the month of February from 10 am to 4 pm with docents providing daily talks at 11 am and 2 pm. For more information, please contact the Visitor Information Center at 800-443-7778 or 805-773-4382.

Monarch Resources

We have searched around to build our list of Monarch Butterfly resources. Some of the best have been suggested by our site visitors.

Monarch FAQs

Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs) Answers provided by Dr. Karen Oberhauser, University of Minnesota Do monarchs live everywhere in North America?

Butterfly Grove

Each year thousands of Monarch Butterflies flock to Pismo Beach. From late October to February, the butterflies cluster in the limbs of Eucalyptus trees at Pismo State Beach.

California Monarch Day

February 4, 2017: California Western Monarch Day Plans are in place for a joyful celebration for California Western Monarch Day from 10:00am – 2:00pm at the Pismo State Beach Monarch Butterfly Grove. There will be butterfly talks and educational booths for adults, as well as art activities for children. The main attraction, however, is the thousands of Monarchs hanging in huge clusters from the eucalyptus and pine trees in the grove.