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Ibis flying home at sunset over Bear RiverThe Bear River Migratory Bird Refuge, Brigham City, Utah has something for everyone.  On our 12-mile Auto Tour, view a great diversity of birds without ever leaving your vehicle.  Want to stretch your legs?  Walk the 1.5 miles of trails around our world-class Wildlife Education Center located just 1/4 mile from I-15, exit 363.

Visit the James V. Hansen Wildlife Education to learn about the birds and habitat of the Great Salt Lake ecosystem through our interactive displays and watch the amazing Wings of Thunder film.  This film was produced by the Friends of the Bear River Refuge and takes you on a 27 minute journey through our history and seasons of wildlife.  A 1.5 mile walking trail meanders through the wetland habitat just outside the center. Center hours are 8:00 am to 5:00 pm weekdays, 10:00 am to 4:00 pm Saturdays, and is closed on Federal holidays.

Activities available at Bear River Migratory Bird Refuge include wildlife observation, wildlife photography, environmental education and interpretation, hunting and fishing. 

The Refuge’s auto tour route is open daylight hours year-round, weather and road conditions permitting. The Auto Tour is a 12-mile loop through the heart of the Refuge. The Refuge headquarters and Wildlife Education Center are easy to find. From either the North or South - take exit 363 off of I-15 and drive a short 1/4 mile west to the Refuge entrance. It is 36 miles round-trip from I-15 to visit the Education Center and drive the Auto Tour.  

Please note: The Auto Tour is one way (counter clockwise). Please be courteous and pull over for others if you are stopped to view or photograph wildlife.  There are many designed pull-offs along the route for this reason. There is a security gate at the beginning of the Auto Tour that closes at dusk.  If you are leaving in the evening and the gate is already closed, please approach slowly and the gate will open, allowing you to exit.  

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Last Updated: Feb 20, 2015
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