AboutPlaces to visit butterflies
Southern California is part of the migratory pathway of Monarch Butterflies and there are parks, sanctuaries, and nature playgrounds where you can find them. You can make your own yard into a butterfly sanctuary when you plant milkweed and nectar plants!
Starting in February-March, Monarchs migrate from their winter home in trees along California's coast to come inland and also from a major migratory pathway that involves special places in Mexico where they come back to the United States through California and Texas and fly to the Midwest as well.
Adult Monarch Butterflies make massive migrations from August-October for hibernation during the winter, flying thousands of miles south to hibernate along the California coast and in central Mexico. In the wintertime in Southern California, butterflies like to roost in our trees and live in our open habitats including fields, meadows, weedy areas, marshes, and roadsides.
Places to visit in Southern California:
THE INLAND EMPIRE / DESERT AREA:
Butterflies Alive! @ The Living Desert Zoo & Gardens, Palm Springs – This butterfly exhibit is located inside the zoo with lush desert landscape.
El Dorado Nature Center, Long Beach – The 105 acres that make up the El Dorado Nature Center grounds provide sanctuary for local animals and plant life. During the winter months, you can view Monarch butterflies living in the center.
Leo Carrillo State Park, Los Angeles – The population of Monarchs here are most plentiful in November and December. The butterflies are located in the eucalyptus trees along the creek next to the campground.