Elwood Bluffs/Coronado Butterfly Preserve

EASY 27 reviews

Elwood 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.

1.2 miles
36 feet

dogs on leash

kid friendly


trail running



wild flowers


trail running
9 months ago

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.

Sunday, January 15, 2017

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

Saturday, December 31, 2016

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

Thursday, September 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.

Tuesday, March 22, 2016

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

Monday, November 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!

Thursday, August 20, 2015

It was fun to walk around and explore the bluffs.

Sunday, July 26, 2015

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

Tuesday, January 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!

Tuesday, January 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

Friday, May 13, 2011

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

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