Butterfly Encounter: A Live Butterfly Exhibit

The Butterfly Encounter at The Stanley is a collaboration between students from the Estes Park High School and The Stanley Hotel. The non-profit exhibit is in place to educate guests on the decline of local butterflies and as a method to help bolster the local population. Located on the lower level of the hotel, the lively exhibit contains both Monarch butterflies and Painted Ladies and takes guests through the entire life cycle from the caterpillars to the butterfly hatching from the chrysalises to it spreading its wings and taking flight for the first time. This exhibit is a pleasant experience for all ages.

Throughout the summer, the team releases butterflies weekly to help re-populate the dwindling population of the Monarch Butterfly. The students are responsible for hanging, hatching, moving, feeding, and cleaning up after the butterflies. They couldn’t be more pleased with their volunteer project. 

Additional Butterfly Encounter Information

For more information on the Butterfly Encounter, we feature a number of resources including photo galleries, the web cams,  frequently asked questions and an overview of the butterfly life cycle

Butterfly Encounter at The Stanley from The Stanley Hotel on Vimeo.



I am a seasonal resident of Estes Park.  We have enjoyed calling it our "home away from home" for many years.

This summer I attended one of your butterfly releases with my daughter and her best friend.  I happened to capture a beautiful picture of one of the butterflies.   I entered the photo in a "summer vacation" contest that the L.A. Times was holding.  Out of the 1,500 photos that were submitted they selected 75 photos to showcase.  The butterfly picture was one of them!  You can see it at www.latimes.com/summerphotos.  The butterfly exhibit is just a wonderful idea and the releases are really beautiful.  If you ever need a picture of one of your very own butterflies I will gladly share the photograph. 

Please contact me if you are ever interested.  All I would require is that you notify me and acknowledge me as the photographer.


Kim Sullivan


Check us out on Google Earth!

You can check us out on Google Earth! It shows you where we are located and pictures people send us from all over the country of our butterflies. You must have Google Earth on your computer in order for this to work! We are constantly adding things and improving in any way we can.