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We got so many life birds here! Great hiking trails, gift shop, and informed staff. Would definitely come again. more »
The refuge features an observation tower, a "canopy" walkway, interesting visitor center displays and store, and tram rides - all suitable for the general public. You'll find a quite a few folks there... more »
When you visit Santa Ana make sure you bring lots of water it can be a pretty long walk but well worth it. I do recommend looking for the towers and the bridge which is probably the most photogenic sp... more »
This place has hardly changed in the 35 years of my life. That's what you want from a wildlife refuge. It's as if Santa Ana has its own ecosystem teeming with life. Great views from the bird tower.
Gloria N. Rodriguez
I like going to run or train with my pack on the 7.0 mile Wildlife Drive. It's a paved loop that circles the refuge. I really like the end of the drive walking on the levy and then making my way to the visitors center. It's hot yes, but I enjoy it. I've seen plenty of wild hogs, rabbits, chachalacas etc. Bring water, stay hydrated. It does get hot. There's usually Border Patrol agents on their bikes circling the area, they're super friendly too. $5 cash entry fee, $10 for an annual pass. Sunday's of first month are free. I've done some of the trails too but they're not as well maintained. Some of the highlights are the overlook towers and the rope bridge.
It's ENORMOUS, but largely inaccessible. Lots of unique bird species but often too far away to ID. Tour trains available, but the conductors seem a little too concerned with time and often hurry or ignore customer requests to stop and allow photography.
All about nature and adventure is in this place. Guides and tours are awesome. Great place for nature based fun, academic scientific nature learning, trolly ride for full vision of entire park & refuge and great picnic area and souvenir shop. The $5 charge is nothing for what is offered. Trolly ride is extra but also the $4 ride charge is so minimal to what it experienced in the ride.
Super fun hiking experience! So many wild animals you can run across. Everything from squirrels to hogs!
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