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Condor Gateway Tours 2015: Hopper Mountain National Wildlife Refuge

Condor Viewing Tours offered in March and April 2015

    The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service and Hopper Mountain National Wildlife Refuge are offering two special California condor viewing tours for the public this spring.  

    Hopper Mountain National Wildlife Refuge is home to the California condor, the condor recovery program and is the gateway to condor country.

    Though the refuge is currently closed to the public and has been since its establishment in 1974 due to the sensitive nature of California condor recovery activities, we are excited to have arranged public field trips to see these magnificent birds and their habitat. 

    The tours will take place on Friday, March 20, and Friday, April 24, from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m., and are limited to 20 people each day. [Note: Please be aware that due to construction at the bunkhouse, there are now restroom facilities available during the tour.]

    The meeting place will be in Fillmore, CA at 9:30am at the intersection of Hwy 126 and "A" Street in the parking lot next to Starbucks.  The tour begins with a 1-hour drive on rough, narrow roads to get to the refuge.   

    High clearance vehicles are highly recommended such as a SUV, pickup, or van because of the rough roads over steep terrain.  The tour will wind through the refuge, stopping at 2 observation sites to look for condors. However, it is not guaranteed that we will see condors.  

    It is recommended that people bring snacks, sack lunch, and bottled water.  

    Also recommended:

  • Sunscreen 
  • Light clothes, sun hat and sun glasses 
  • Binoculars and cameras for photography are encouraged 

    Please call the Refuge Manager's office for additional information and to make reservations at: (805) 644-5185, extension 293, or by emailing Dan Tappe at:


    Details:  Refuge Tour: Hopper Mountain National Wildlife Refuge

    Meeting location: Fillmore, CA

    Dates: Friday, March 20th and Friday, April 24th at 9:00 a.m. - 1:00 p.m.

    Target Bird: California Condor

    SPACE IS LIMITED.  Call or email for reservations.

vince touring hopper  


For information on special opportunities to visit the refuge property, check out
our Plan Your Visit page.

Page Photo Credits — Credit: USFWS
Last Updated: Mar 09, 2015
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