Natural Bridges State Beach Exploration

EASY 40 reviews

Natural Bridges State Beach Exploration is a 3.3 mile loop trail located near Santa Cruz, California that features beautiful wild flowers. The trail is good for all skill levels and primarily used for hiking, walking, and nature trips.

DISTANCE
3.3 miles
ELEVATION GAIN
75 feet
ROUTE TYPE
Loop

kid friendly

hiking

nature trips

walking

beach

views

wild flowers

wildlife

no dogs

Explore tidepools and beach habitat at Natural Bridges State Park, a beautiful and popular place to walk. In this oasis between the ocean and the edge of Santa Cruz lies one of the largest monarch butterfly overwintering sites in the western United States. The park also includes large coastal scrub meadows that in spring are filled with native wildflowers. In 1983, California State Parks made the monarch grove a natural preserve and sanctuary for these fragile world travelers. Monarchs journey as far as 2,000 miles on their paper-thin wings, seeking protected places like this one where they can find food, warmth and shelter. This grove provides the ideal conditions for the butterflies—and for you to see them. Look through the spotting scope to catch a glimpse of the breathtaking sight of hundreds of monarchs clustered together in the canopy. The park also includes large coastal scrub meadows that in spring are filled with native wildflowers. Moore Creek flows through the meadows and forms wetlands in the sand. Walk even further along the bluffs when it is low tide.

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1 month ago

Very easy trail with great view of sunset

1 month ago

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3 months ago

One of the best walks here in my hometown. It will not disappoint if you are looking for beautiful ocean views and people watching along Westcliff Dr. Natural Bridges beach is one of our best in my opinion come in the fall to see the Monarchs and the Great Whites.

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4 months ago

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5 months ago

Great place good hike

hiking
5 months ago

Quick, easy hike. Our favorite part was the section of the trail around the marshes. There is a great variety of plants, animals, and insects to observe. The signs are educational as well. This would be a good walk for kids, too.

hiking
6 months ago

The trail hasn't been maintained in a while. There was a few fallen trees and several broken bridges so we had to turn back several times.

6 months ago

Had an amazing time. Although the trail was not completely open we still enjoyed our selfs and the cliffs were beautiful. We Will be back for the butterflies in October.

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6 months ago

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6 months ago