The "Butterfly Trees" of Pismo Beach is one of the most beloved attractions in the area. From late October through February, thousands of colorful monarch butterflies cluster in the limbs of eucalyptus, making Pismo Beach Grove the largest grove in the state. An average of 60,000 visitors travel to the site each year to view almost 100,000 migrating monarch butterflies.

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Away Travel Expert: Christine Loomis
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  • Pismo State Beach has one of the largest populations of wintering Monarch butterflies—a truly remarkable sight. The grove of Monterey Pines and eucalyptus trees is near the park's North Beach Campground.
  • Docents are around November to February giving talks and answering questions about these remarkable creatures that can migrate thousands of miles.
  • If you want to learn more about the fascinating Monarch, check out

Pismo State Beach
Hwy. 1
Pismo Beach, California 93449
Parking: 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.

Visitor Information

Telephone Number: 800-443-7778
The details, dates, and prices mentioned here were accurate at the time of publication.

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