Sonny Bono Salton Sea NWR Trail Maps and Area Map

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A small songbird with a yellow head perches on a branch while holding an insect larva.

The refuge has two observation towers and trails: at the Sonny Bono Salton Sea National Wildlife Refuge Visitor Center and at the refuge's Unit 1 off of  Vendel Road.

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Refuge Map
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Seven small owls with yellow eyes peek out of their burrow to look at the camera.
Located in Southern California, Sonny Bono Salton Sea National Wildlife Refuge is on the border of the Sonoran Desert ecosystem and a massive commercial agriculture operation that is the Imperial Valley. At an elevation of 227 feet below sea level, the refuge sees some of the hottest temperatures...
A bright blue sky obstructed by fluffy white clouds reflected off of a stream shot from inside a kayak
The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service manages an unparalleled network of public lands and waters called the National Wildlife Refuge System. With more than 570 refuges spanning the country, this system protects iconic species and provides some of the best wildlife viewing opportunities on Earth.
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Wildlife viewing