A walk through Natural Bridges can be pleasant. Interesting geology, the ocean, a forested area, and wildlife are among the sights the park offers. Natural Bridges is a great place to explore, breathe the fresh ocean air, and relax.
Natural Bridges State Beach’s visitor’s center contains exhibits on natural history and geology. Exhibits include highlights of wildlife and sea critters found in the region. Photos showing the former three linked natural brides are on display. In depth information about the migrating Monarch Butterflies is also presented. A combined bookstore and souvenir shop is available at the visitor’s center. The park rangers at the center can provide detailed information about the park.
Within the park is a preserve for Monarch Butterflies. The Monarch Trail meanders through this preserve. Every winter, over 100,000 of these butterflies arrive at the park as part of their natural migration to avoid the colder northern climates. This migration covers about 2,000 miles over successive generations of butterflies. Each year, the butterflies that arrive in the refuge are actually the descendants of the ones who previously visited the preserve. It is interesting that the butterflies can find this spot each year having never before been there.
When we visited the park in May, the butterflies had long abandoned the preserve for the next stages of their migration. Nevertheless we took a stroll along the trail.