Starting now, the Santa Cruz Butterflies have started to land in Natural Bridges State Park. Every year, Monarch butterflies swarm a really really small area of land during their migration. Really, the area that they land in is probably the size of the infield of a baseball field. The totally amazing part is that these butterflies have never been here before. Their parent's parents have, but since the lifespan of a butterfly is so short, their annual migration spans several generations. Nobody knows how they find their way to the exact same spot every year, but they do and it is amazing to see.
The butterflies start to arrive in October, but really start clustering in late October (a few weeks away) or November. The leave in January. Worth a trip if you are in the bay area. I was just down there on Sunday.
Getting to the park and then the butterflies is quite easy. I've included a map to the monarch butterflies in Santa Cruz below:
There are two parking options shown on the map, $6 parking in the southern official entrance or park on the street on the north side of the park for free and walk a little further through the pedestrian entrance to save a few bucks. Take a stroll down the short butterfly trail, and don't forget your camera!
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