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Visiting Wolfwood Refuge:

WolfWood is first and foremost a working, active animal rescue site. All tours and educational programs are done by appointment only to accommodate the animals and schedules. We want you to have a positive experience so please read the information below.

WolfWood is located at a high elevation, over 7000 feet. Weather is always a factor and tours may have to be cancelled due to adverse conditions, including mud. We want your visit to be enjoyable and it is not fun to visit muddy wolves in the rain. Please wear sunscreen and bring water. There are no food or drink facilities at the Refuge.

All visitors must be able to walk over hilly terrain and uneven ground. There are no paved areas at the Refuge. The elevation change from the parking area to the top of the Refuge is 150 vertical feet.

 

Updated public tour schedule for 2017

 FULL June 28 at 10 AM FULL

July 22 at 1:00 PM

July 26 at 10:00 AM

July 29 at 1:00 PM

August 2 at 10:00 AM

August 26 at 1:00 PM

August 30 at 10:00 AM

Sept. 1 at 1:00 PM

Sept. 13 at 10:00 AM

October 14 at 1:30 PM October 21 at 1:30 PM

All dates are contingent on the weather.  Please call or email for reservations and YOU SHOULD CHECK THE MORNING OF THE TOUR for the weather conditions at the Refuge.  Tours are limited to 25 people.

No pets are allowed on the Refuge grounds.

Making tour appointments - It is best to make an appointment well ahead of time. If you call and have an hour before your plane takes off and want to visit, it cannot happen. Please keep in mind that the Refuge operates 100% on volunteers. There are no paid tour guides so tour availability is based on the availability of our volunteers.

The sooner you are on the schedule the better as tour opportunities fill up quickly.  You may be booked with other people to allow the most people to visit the Refuge.  All visitors must sign a release form. Minors under 18 must be accompanied by an adult and have a release form signed by a Legal Guardian.  You can print out the Release Form here and have it filled out and signed, by the Legal Guardian, before you get to the Refuge.   

To arrange a tour, please contact Paula via email at wolfwood1995@hotmail.com or at (970) 946-9606. Email contacts are preferred and Paula will get back to you within a day or two.  Tours last about 2 hours depending on the size of the group and how much interaction you want.  We respectfully ask that you call Paula & let her know if you cannot make your tour.

No pets are allowed at the Refuge.  Please leave them at home.  Leaving them in your vehicle is not sufficient as our pack members will still know they are near.  If that happens, the Refuge pack members will get anxious and territorial.  This will mean that visiting the animals will not be possible.

Directions - For the safety of our animals, we do not publish directions to the Refuge. They will be given to you when you arrange your tour. The Refuge is 30 minutes outside of Durango.

Parking - When you arrive at the Refuge, we ask that you park at the bottom of the hill. Please do not attempt to drive up the hill. After parking, please walk 1/2 way up the hill and you will see a short path to your left leading to the Wolfwood Visitor's Center.  (See the picture of it at the top of this page.)  All tours will start from here.

Facilities/Bathrooms - The Refuge has no standard running water toilets. Visitors, and volunteers, must use the port-a-potty located near the parking area at the bottom of the hill. If you need to use the facility, please do so before walking up the hill. It is a very long walk from the top of the Refuge back down to the toilet.

Tour admission cost - We do not charge for tours at the Refuge. However, donations are most appreciated. No one at the Refuge is compensated in any way except with wolf kisses and lots of wolf fur. We exist solely on the support and kindness of our volunteers and private sponsors.

Visiting the animals - Wolfwood has over 60 animals consisting mostly of wolves and wolfdogs. We also have several dogs in residence. Tour members will get an opportunity to meet and interact with some of the animals. 

Photographs are allowed but we ask that no videos be taken.

The activity of the animals depends on many factors including: season, weather, time of day, feeding schedule and number of visitors. Even the most active wolf will get tired after meeting a number of people. When that happens we leave the animal alone. We never force an animal to continue to see people.  All the animals are individuals and all interactions will be up to your tour guide.  The tour guide's instructions must be adhered to and respected.

We have some basic rules for visiting with the animals:

Merchandise - We do have merchandise for sale (i.e. t-shirts, stuffed animals etc.)   However, we do not try to sell you anything so if you are interested you need to ask and we will gladly show you what we have. (Cash or checks only) 

A visit to Wolfwood Refuge is a unique and wonderful educational experience.  Some of our volunteers have called it a life-changing event.  We hope you enjoy your time at the Refuge.


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