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California Wolf Center, Julian

(4.6/5 based on 65+ reviews on the web)
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  • I am so glad we went today. The wolves are out and our volunteer knew a tremendous amount of information. They did an excellent job of explaining how beneficial wolves are and the steps they are takin...  more »
  • This place is a few miles from Julian, California. You need reservations. 1/2 hour before your tour time you park at the end of their road and they guide you up a dirt road. The tour group is small ar...  more »
  • Fun activity for the family. Takes about 2 hours. Plan ahead and book the week prior to your visit. Call or book online for tour. Joining the club is inexpensive and allows visits for 2 ppl all year l...  more »
  • These folks devote their lives to preserving wild wolf populations. It's NOT an entertainment business (MegLou C), it's tucked away in the mountains for the sake of the safety of the wolves. You WILL get to see the animals and NOT just hear the keepers discuss wolf facts. The animals will determine how much they will allow themselves to be visible to the visitors...remember they are NOT on display for US. We are there to learn about them and hopefully help protect their species. Also, while the center is open to the public, reservations are required and that information is clearly stated on their website. The dirt road leading to the center is very bumpy but you do NOT need an off-road vehicle...just a moderate level of driving competence. I made the trip twice myself in my 2010 Honda Fit without incident.
  • Ms. Midcap is SO CORRECT and said it so well!! This place is NOT DISNEYWORLD, NOR A ZOO!! It is so much more! The humans here are dedicated, and not getting rich, to helping preserve one of the most important predators on the planet. They are working hard to continue this important species from "human" predators who would eradicate all wolves, out of stupidity and greed. We have been there several times, and are always happy to [carefully] observe these incredible animals. We only wish them [humans and wolves] continued success, in spite of many obstacles!!
  • This is the suckiest business ever. Not only are they extremely hard to find, but they only take people in by reservation. Their cause is helped even less by the fact that it costs 20 bucks just to hear someone list off facts about wolves you could find on wikipedia. If these guys want to help wolves they need to set up a visitor center for people who come out to see this place unknowing it takes a reservation and a minimum of 20 bucks a body. Total waste.
  • Wolves came right up to us to sniff us out. Wonderful and educational
  • The location itself is found in the pits of the mountains. The driveway to the place is not paved, so I advice you to take an SUV/truck of some sort with GOOD tires [because you'll need the traction going in and out of that place! When we visited, a sports car (FRS Toyota) was stuck in the bumpy, unpaved "roads"]!!! 😣😐 It's a non-profit and the place is not big at all. You'll go into a house, hear an educational presentation... then you'll walk into the "backyard" to see the wolves in their gated sections. Overall, it's a good, educational experience. Not a great one! 😞 FYI- the drive to get there is ridiculously long & tedious, didn't feel like it was worth the drive from LA. So for me, it's a 3 star location.