Butterfly Valley Botanical Area

Area Status: 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: Visitors should always check for additional information  at Alerts & Notices on the Plumas National Forest website.
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


Day Hiking

Related Information

Recreation Areas

Recreation Activities



  Elevation : 
3,590 - 3,800