Butterfly Valley Botanical Area

Area Status: Open
This area is Open

Pitcher Plant Pods

Designated as a botanical area in 1976, the Butterfly Valley is named for its resemblance to a butterfly shape as seen from aerial photos.  Located 3.5 miles north of Quincy on Hw 70/89 off of Blackhawk Road, this area includes a Nature Study of 5 species of plants including the California Pitcher Plant, a rare and unusual insect eating plant that only grows in scattered boggy areas from southern Oregon down through northern California.  Peak blooming season is May through July.  There are also 4 other species of insectivorous plants; 12 species of orchids, 24 species of plants in the Lily family, 9 species of ferns, as well as poppy, buttercup, wild rose and lady slipper. 

Pitcher Plant Pods

At a Glance

Current Conditions: Logging operations continue on the Butterfly East fuels reduction project will begin in April of 2020.  Heavy truck traffic will be using NFS Road 25N12 (Blackhawk Road) for the duration of this project.  Visitors to the Butterfly Valley Botanical Area should use an alternate route. The best access at this time is along Plumas County Road 417, also known as the Butterfly-Twain Road.  
Usage: Heavy
Best Season: May through July
Busiest Season: May through July
Restrictions: Collection of plants in the botanical area is prohibited.  No vehicles are permitted off of designated roads.  Please tread lightly when walking through the botanical area. 
Closest Towns: Located approximately 9 miles (25 minutes) from the town of Quincy.  From Quincy go 3.5 miles north on Hwy 70 to Blackhawk Road (0.3 miles north of Mt. Hough Ranger District Office). 
Water: No
Restroom: No


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  Elevation : 
3,590 - 3,800



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