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USA Travel: Natural Bridges Beach & Monarch Butterfly Natural Preserve, Santa Cruz, California

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In this post we share photos from Natural Bridges State Park & Monarch Butterfly Natural Preserve.


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  • Natural Bridges State Park & Monarch Butterfly Natural Preserve in Santa Cruz, California, USA
  • Visitors can arrive by foot or car.
  • By foot: Walk from the Santa Cruz Boardwalk to Lighthouse Field State Beach and continue another 1.8 miles onto Natural Bridges Beach.
  • By car: For those who may want car accessibility from the beach, we recommend stopping the walk at Lighthouse Field State Beach and bringing your car along to the State Park.

Map from Lighthouse Field State Beach to Natural Bridges State Park

Natural Bridges State Beach to the Natural Bridges Monarch Butterfly Trail

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Natural Bridges State Beach

This family favorite beach also serves as a vantage point for “viewing shore birds, migrating whales…[and] seals and otters playing offshore” (California.gov, 2021). The tide pools, coastal scrub and grasslands, and native wildflowers are all inspiration for coastal California paintings and artwork.

Monarch Butterfly Natural Preserve

From mid-October to mid-February, Monarch Butterflies flock to this area as part of their annual migration. The preserve becomes a home for thousands of butterflies who use the eucalyptus grove as a safe respite during the fall and winter months.

Visitor information

Recommended Nearby Eats

  • Cat & Cloud Coffee
  • Humble Sea Brewing Co.
  • Venus Spirits Tasting Room
  • Cafe Brazil

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