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Ibis flying home at sunset over Bear RiverThe James V. Hansen Wildlife Education Center offers interactive exhibits, a wetland diorama and other displays featuring information on birds and wetlands of the Great Salt Lake ecosystem.  A ½-mile accessible walking trail meanders through the wetland habitat just outside the center.  The 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.  The Refuge Auto Route is open every day of the year from sunrise to sunset. 

Activities available at Bear River MBR 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.   Note that there is a security gate at the River Delta Interpretive Site that closes in the evenings.  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. PLEASE NOTE:  The Refuge's auto tour loop 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. [Download the Refuge map]

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.


Last Updated: Aug 21, 2014
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