Monday, July 10, 2017

Ellwood Preserve

Ellwood Preserve and the Coronado Butterfly area are a fun nature walk that can be long or short for the littles.  There are 2 parking options. When I want to visit the butterfly preserve, I park at the end of Coronado and pick up the path there. It is an easy walk of less than a mile to the butterfly area from here. If you want to explore the bluffs, park at the lot across from Ellwood School on Hollister Ave and walk from there.

Directions: Take 101 N to the Glen Annie exit. Turn left onto Glenn Annie, then right on Hollister Ave. Turn left onto Coronado Dr after 1 mile and continue to the end of the road. Or continue past Coronado Dr another .4 miles and turn left into the parking lot for Sperling Preserve.

Trail Rating: Easy
Distance: .75 miles (or more)
Time: 30 minutes
Nearby Attractions: Haskell's Beach, Santa Barbara Shores Park, and Girsh Park 

More Information:
Coronado Butterfly Preserve:
Sperling Preserve/Ellwood Mesa:

Path from the Ellwood Parking Lot


Lots of Places to explore Nature

Bridge to the Butterflies

Coronado Butterfly Preserve


  1. Thank you for this information! We took our 3 year old to the Preserve today and we were awarded with beautiful views of the ocean!