Tijuana River Valley Regional Park: Bird & Butterfly Garden

While driving back from Border Fields Park I stopped at an intersection and saw a small sign for a bird and butterfly park. I was in no rush so I figured I would check it out and pulled into the parking lot with zero cars. Just so you know it can be hard to find this place, but here is an image of what the turn off and lot looks like.

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  • Free
  • About a half mile trail

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I assumed that seeing no cars was probably a positive sign as other people and children could scare off the butterfly’s if they were any there, I set out on the small trail to see what I could find.

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Almost immediately I was impressed by how pretty the area was, there were so many different colors of plants and trees making up the small trail. As I walked I realized I needed to take my time and look close to see anything.

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After walking for a couple minutes, I looked down at a pretty plant that caught my eye and I spotted small antennas. I quickly realized they belonged to a wandering caterpillar, he was gracious enough to pose for me.

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When I looked up there was a beautiful purple plant and it had at least 10 butterfly’s on it.

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I just sat and waited as they flew around then when they landed I slowly got closer to them to get this shot

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I sat here for a good 10 minutes just watching them all fly around.

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After that I continued my walk and saw some of the fruit trees they have there.

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I didn’t see any other butterfly’s but I did get to see a lot beautiful flowers.

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This was a great stop that I really enjoyed. The plants were amazing as was the butterflies that were on them. I imagine, with a little research I could find the best time to visit in order to see the most butterflies but I was happy with my experience here as it was peaceful and beautiful. Check it out and visit Border Field State Park while you are there.

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