As the snowy season winds down in Colorado another season will soon approach with spring. Migrating Monarch butterflies.

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Monarch butterflies have large orange, black and white wings and are probably one of the most beautiful butterflies you will see in the state of Colorado. These butterflies only use Colorado as a stop on their migration between Mexico and California to the northern part of the United States and Canada.

According to Rove.me, the Monarch butterfly migrates to and from these areas to breed. As the temperatures warm up, these butterflies will fly north. In the later summer months, you will again see the Monarch butterflies as they return to a warmer climate.

The Best Places to See Monarch Butterflies in Colorado

If you want to see dozens of Monarch butterflies in one location, there are a couple of places you will want to go.

The Gardens on Spring Creek - Fort Collins

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Admission rates for adults are $11, children (2-17 and students with ID) $8, military and adults 65+ $9. Admission to The Gardens on Spring Creek includes entry to the Butterfly House.

The Butterfly Pavillion - Westminster

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Admission rates for adults are $14.50, children (2-12) $9.50, and adults 65+ $12.50. Tickets are based on timed admission and must be purchased in advance.

Denver Botanic Gardens

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Admission rates for the Denver Botanic Gardens are $15 for adults, $11.50 for adults 65+, and $11 for students and children (3-15).

The next time you see a Monarch butterfly in the spring, just know they are on their way north to somewhere important.

Source: Rove.me

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