Butterfly Valley Botanical Area
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.
At a Glance
|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).|