Directions to the Monarch Dunes Butterfly Habitat
The Monarch Dunes Butterfly Habitat is located in Nipomo, California, at the heart of the Trilogy at Monarch Dunes resort community. Map it!
The Butterfly Habitat is open year round from sunrise to sunset and is free to all. Please park in the paved parking lot at 1610 Kingston Drive, which is immediately adjacent to the butterfly sanctuary. A wheel chair/stroller accessible paved path provides a short easy walk into the main cluster area. Picnic tables and trash receptacles are available. A public horse trail encircles the nineteen acre habitat, with hitching posts provided near the picnic area. There are no restroom or drinking water facilities on site.
The monarchs begin arriving in September each year and are usually clustering nightly in the Monarch Dunes Butterfly Habitat by November 1. The peak viewing weeks are around Thanksgiving. Informational signage at the habitat provides specific information about our efforts to preserve and protect this natural wonder. The monarchs usually leave the area in mid-February.
Directions from Highway 101
From Highway 101 take the Willow Road exit and head west approximately 3 miles. Turn left onto Via Concha, travel past the Monarch Dunes Golf Club and Trilogy at Monarch Dunes center, 1.5 miles. Turn left onto Eucalyptus Road, left onto Kingston Drive. The Monarch Habitat is on your left. Park in the paved lot at 1610 Kingston Drive. The Monarch Habitat entrance is at the southwest end of the parking area.
Directions from Highway 1
From Highway 1 enter Trilogy at Monarch Dunes on Via Concha. Travel approximately .3 mile. Turn right onto Eucalyptus Road and left onto Kingston Drive. The Monarch Habitat is on your left. Park in the paved lot at 1610 Kingston Drive. The Monarch Habitat entrance is at the southwest end of the parking area.
Butterfly Habitat Etiquette
- Stay on designated paths and be careful of butterflies resting on the ground.
- Do not disturb butterfly clusters. Do not try to touch or capture butterflies.
- Don’t take firewood, or remove insects, plants, or animals from their natural habitat.
- Dispose of all litter in proper receptacles.
- Please keep all pets on a leash. Doggie bags are available at the entrance to the habitat.
- No smoking or fires permitted within the protected habitat sanctuary.
- No overnight parking or use of habitat facilities is permitted from dusk to dawn.
Last updated 24 May 2013.