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Historical Sites of the Wichitas Tours

March 4, 11, 18, 25, 2017; Reservations open Monday February 27, 2017.Historical_5501_150x119

History tours will be offered on the above Saturday afternoons at 1:30 p.m. Reservations are required and are taken on a first-come, first-served basis by telephoning the Visitor Center between 9 a.m. and 5 p.m. beginning on the day reservations open.



Participants will be taken to various locations throughout the Refuge as guides discuss the establishment and purpose of the Refuge, contributions by the Civilian Conservation Corps (CCC), and the origin of the Refuge herds of American bison, elk, and Texas longhorn cattle. While the tour will have two brief walks to visit historical sites, the majority of the program will be a bus tour of the Refuge. Members from the Association of Friends of the Wichitas serve as interpretive guides for the tours.

Reservations are required and can be made by calling the Visitor Center at 580-429-2197 between 9 a.m. and 5:00 p.m. beginning on the reservation date indicated above. Due to the length of the program all participants must be at least eight years of age. Wheelchair access is available if requested at time of reservation. Restrooms are not available on the tour.

Tour participants will meet at the Refuge Visitor Center located at the intersection of Highways 49 and 115. Visitors may obtain a Refuge leaflet and map from one of the dispensers located at each of the five entrances. All tours will depart from the Visitor Center promptly at the time indicated above and will last approximately 3 hours.

Reservations will be retained until ten minutes prior to departure on each date. After that time, stand-bys will be accepted. If the bus seating capacity is filled after accepting stand-bys, late arrivals with reservations will not be able to participate in the program. Refuge tours are dependent upon wildlife and weather conditions. They may be cancelled or modified if adverse conditions exist.

The Refuge's public interpretive program is intended for individuals and family groups of six persons or less. Only one family's reservation will be accepted per telephone call. We regret we cannot offer group tours.

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Other Tours are held throughout the year. 

Last Updated: Dec 12, 2016
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