Photograph Monarch Butterflies at Natural Bridges' Monarch Grove

Photograph Monarch Butterflies at Natural Bridges' Monarch Grove

Natural Bridges SB

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Beginner

Season

Autumn, Winter

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Natural Bridges State Park is world-renowned for its yearly migration of monarch butterflies.

The park's Monarch Grove provides a temporary home for thousands of Monarchs. From late fall into winter they make this their home and if you time it perfectly you can see them in clusters in the trees. 

When you reached the Natural Bridges State Park, on the right of the Visitors Center you'll find the path "Monarch Trail", fallow it and you'll end up at a fence off area with milkweed plants and nectar flowers for the butterflies. As migration is variable, you may call to check on the current information on the population. 

Also be sure to arrive before 9-10 am if you want to see them in clusters, after that time they get warm and fly away. 

Always practice Leave No Trace ethics on your adventures and follow local regulations.

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Quaint Exploration

Great place to explore and take photos, but make sure to research when the monarchs are in the area before you go!

Activities

Photography

Skill

Beginner

Season

Autumn, Winter

Added by

Anca Apostoaei

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