One of the better places for observing the Monarch Butterflies that return to Big Sur in October and migrate north in January. This is where they roost in the Eucalyptus trees in Cooper Grove (the grove of Eucalyptus trees by the Cooper Cabin) along the Big Sur River. It is an amazing sight as thousands of butterflies click to the Eucalyptus trees making them appear to be orange in color. The park is open to day use.
This castle was built by the newspaper magnate William Randolph Hurst. There are five tours (including one evening tour) available to take you through various portions of the house, gardens, pools and grounds.
The Monarch count has averaged 25,000 over the last five years. In most years, Pismo has the largest aggregation of Monarch butterlies in the U.S. The Pismo Beach Grove is the largest in the state. Pismo is the most visited site (by humans) in the world with an average of 60,000 visitors per four month Monarch season, from late October to February.
30 acres - 400 animals - 1 great Zoo! In April 2009, the Santa Barbara Zoo welcomed four juvenile condors to a naturalistic 6,000 square foot space in the Zoo’s newest exhibit complex, California Trails. The opening of Condor Country represents the culmination of many years of dedication and commitment to saving wildlife by many individuals and organizations alike.