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Monterey, California

Pacific Grove Monarch Butterfly Sanctuary

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Migrating Monarchs

Every October, Monarch butterflies arrive in Pacific Grove, California. The butterfly migration is so unique that Pacific Grove has been nicknamed "Butterfly Town, USA." The town is very protective of the butterflies and specifically created the Monarch Butterfly Sanctuary to protect the delicate creatures while they are in town. Watch your step - there is a $1,000 fine for the "molestation of butterflies."

The peak times to see the butterflies are early afternoons in November to early December, and they leave Pacific Grove around late February. The Sanctuary, located at 250 Ridge Road off Lighthouse Avenue, is free to the public. Docents are present every day in November to February from 12-3 p.m. to enhance your viewing experience and answer your questions.

Utrip Tips

*Recommended by Local Expert Allyson Thommen: "Here you will find hundreds of Monarch Butterflies during their migration to Pacific Grove from October to February, best of all it’s free!"

Open in Google Maps: 250 Ridge Road, Pacific Grove

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