Ellwood Bluffs/Coronado Butterfly Preserve

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Ellwood Forest Park

Ellwood Bluffs/Coronado Butterfly Preserve is a 1.2 mile loop trail located near Goleta, California that features beautiful wild flowers and is good for all skill levels. The trail is primarily used for hiking, walking, and trail running and is accessible year-round. Dogs are also able to use this trail but must be kept on leash.

Distance: 1.2 miles Elevation Gain: 62 feet Route Type: Loop

dogs on leash

kid friendly






wild flowers


The butterflies are back! Saw maybe about 10 but that’s a lot more than I’ve seen in years. Really green again!

I would recommend this trail for a starting point. We saw a few butterflies but didn’t see any clumped in the trees in January. However we took the trail and continued to the coast there’s a couple path that leads down to the beach took a nice beach walk and then came back where we parked at Coronado butterfly preserve

5 months ago

One of my favorite places to go. I could spend the whole day here!

Great day! Sun, happy dog, ocean. Awesome

Massive amounts of tar - ruined some shoes and somehow still got on my foot

Thu Apr 04 2019

great trail for little kids

Tue Jan 22 2019

Beautiful, easy and work crowd was definitely out. I suggest walking down to the beach on a low tide. Many other trails to link up to on the bluffs. There were signs saying trail closed, I think because of a down tree that you can easily walk around.

Sun Sep 02 2018

One of my favorite areas in Santa Barbara / Goleta. Gorgeous bluffs and then an easy descent down to the beach. The monarch trails in the forest are currently closed because the trees are dying. Check the butterfly grove website.

Fri Apr 14 2017

I love the bluffs and run them frequently when we are visiting the area. They are a great place for a run or a casual walk, and it is pretty easy to drop down to the beach for an even better experience. The ocean views are awesome. The ocean sounds are awesome. It is a good place to be quiet and let your mind think/wander. A huge plus right now is that the entire bluff is green! This is truly a rare occurrence and makes a visit all the better.

Sun Jan 15 2017

Easy hike for the kids. Enjoy the butterflies in the late winter.

Sat Dec 31 2016

Wonderful experience to see the Monarch butterflies and a short walk to the beach for awesome views!

Thu Sep 29 2016

I used to walk the trails of the Ellwood Bluffs SO often, growing up in Goleta. They are so well-maintained and diverse, good for walking/mild hiking, off-road biking, jogging, bird-watching, and photoshoots. The monarch butterflies spend some time here each year during their long migration, and the eucalyptus groves smell amazing. You can easily walk from the parking lot, through the bluffs, and down the cliff to the beach.

Tue Mar 22 2016

Nice breeze. Pretty views. Somewhat busy for a Tuesday.

Mon Nov 02 2015

Loved walking this trail! It's perfect for those times when you want to get your blood pumping without doing anything too strenuous. Beautiful views all around!

Thu Aug 20 2015

It was fun to walk around and explore the bluffs.

Sun Jul 26 2015

Lovely trails beautiful views. Easy walking paths but some scary cliffs. Dogs love it there!!

Tue Jan 21 2014

Great walking trails, unfortunately not many monarchs 1/20/14, but plenty of wildlife ie gofers, birds, a hawk or two and some beautiful horses with riders. Definitely go all the way to the beach and hit the cliffs!

Tue Jan 15 2013

This is an easy trail, very beautiful, trail goes through a little Forrest and up to the beach. beach is also accessible as you walk down south more and down a rock trail. Great place for a nice jog

Fri May 13 2011

Close to UCSB, access to beach and great running pathes.

9 days ago

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