Monarch Butterfly Natural Preserve Loop

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Natural Bridges State Beach

Monarch Butterfly Natural Preserve Loop is a 0.6 mile moderately trafficked loop trail located near Santa Cruz, California that offers the chance to see wildlife and is good for all skill levels. The trail is primarily used for hiking, walking, nature trips, and bird watching.

Length0.6 miElevation gain22 ftRoute typeLoop
Kid friendlyHikingNature tripsWalkingBird watchingForestPartially pavedViewsWildlifeNo dogs
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Please see the park's page here for information about any COVID-19 closures: https://www.parks.ca.gov/?page_id=30355 This is an easy hike, nice and shaded on a partly wooden walkway, partly dirt trail. You may see a variety of wildlife including wild turkeys, deer, California Striped Racer snakes, and black squirrels.

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Sally Demirdjian
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Sam Gerber
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Diana Ortiz
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Jenna Flamenco
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Evan Lipkin
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Lia Carrari
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Jesus Magana
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Rae Henderson
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WalkingGreat!

Went at 8am on a Saturday and it was pretty quiet. Easy hike, nice and shaded. Partly wooden walkway, partly dirt trail. We saw a wild turkey, a deer, a California Striped Racer snake, and a BUNCH of black squirrels.

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Helene M.
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Quick little hike through the monarch butterfly preserve. Saw a deer, a few ducks near the swamp, and about four butterflies total. Mostly shaded.

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Nature Explorer
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Skip Hale
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Francis Lee
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Catrina Blair
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B S
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Zita Netzel
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Dennis D
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Shirley Pennywell
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Rachel Langley
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Gar Yeung
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Evelyn Margot
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Kim Hix
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Dongil Lee
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Ben T
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Amrita Haldar
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Elise Fernandes
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Mykola Ignatiev
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Eric Haag
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Frieder Bluemle
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