Santa Ana National Wildlife Refuge, Alamo

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#47 of 107 in Wildlife in Texas
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  • I spent a short time photographing birds here but I should have stayed longer. Excellent birding and unbelievable numbers of butterflies are the main reasons to visit here but it’s generally just a pl...  more »
  • A visit to The Santa Ana Refuge is a must on any visit to the valley. A wide selection of native plants and animals. It takes at least one day but going back at different times in the year will give y...  more »
  • This unique riparian habitat is under threat of destruction due to the planned construction of the border wall between Mexico and the United States. The border wall would disconnect most animals from ...  more »
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  • 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.
  • 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 sucks we got loss for 4 hours I want from the begging all the way across I cycle the hole wildsite the don't even put water fountns whine you walk we call to get directcands and they said well when you come you have to pay a fee like what the f*** I recommend not to bring kids they will get tird but don't go the animals don't even come out only bunny's and birds this is just my Opinion it sucks
  • 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.

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