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 summer.
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, July 18, and Friday, August 15, from 9:30 a.m. to 3 p.m., and are limited to 20 people each day.
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.
Midway during the route, at roughly 12:30 to 1 p.m., the tour will visit the ranch house where a restroom facilities and drinking water are available. It is recommended that people bring snacks, sack lunch, and bottled water.
- Light clothes, sun hat and sun glasses
- Binoculars and cameras for photography are encouraged
SPACE IS LIMITED. Call for reservations.
Please call the Refuge Manager's office for additional information and to make reservations at: (805) 644-5185, extension 293.
Details: Refuge Tour: Hopper Mountain National Wildlife Refuge
Meeting location: Fillmore, CA
Dates: Friday, July 18th and Friday, August 15th at 9:30 a.m. - 3:00 p.m.
For information on special opportunities to visit the refuge property, check out
our Plan Your Visit page.