California Wolf Center, Julian
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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... read more »
This was a good experience. The people who spoke to us about the wolves were very knowledgeable and very fervent about their dedication to the wolves. Only wish we could have seen more of the wolves, ... read more »
We loved it. It was so informative and it really changes how you feel about and view wolves. We will definitely be going back.
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.
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.
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.
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A perfect plan if you want to learn a little more about wolves. They will give you a presentation of the project and if you are lucky (90%)you will see the wolves(remember that they are wild animals, this is not a petting zoo) they have a nice little gift shop that have some great things to keep or to give as a present(take a look at the three little pigs story from a wolve point of view) enjoy it. Be carefulf cause you will drive on a dirt road, you don't need a truck or a 4x4 but avoid low cars or motorcycles (weird rule that they have with bikes, wich i am against)
Great staff. Great cause.
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