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Spot 7Guam National Wildlife Refuge hosts a unique and fragile blend of native plants and animals found nowhere else in the world. It stands as a special place and source of pride for all. Here at GNWR, the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service works with others to conserve and restore the precious resources of both land and sea. Guam’s native wildlife flourish in the native limestone and coastal forests, and sea creatures are bountiful in the tropical blue waters. Visitors seek out the beauty and tranquility provided and enjoy seeing and learning about wildlife. The refuge is a vital link between Guam’s cultural and natural heritage, a vibrant reminder of the place nature holds in all our lives and a treasure for future generations. 

The Refuge is located 18 miles northwest of the capital city of Hagåtña, on the northernmost tip of Guam.

Hours of Operation:

The Refuge is open from 7:30 am to 4:00 pm Saturdays - Tuesdays, with closures on all major federal holidays. Please ensure that your vehicle exits a few minutes prior to closing time to prevent being temporarily locked in, as the gates close at exactly 4:00 pm. See the Hours of Operation section of the Home page for more information on potential closures. 

Refuge Highlights:

  • Our Scenic Overlook, located on route 3A prior to the refuge entrance, offers unrivaled views overlooking the refuge and beyond. On a clear day the neighboring island of Rota (Luta) may be visible just off in the distance. 
  • The Nature Center features interpretive murals depicting Guam’s natural environment before European contact 500+ years ago. 
  • Visitors can explore 2 miles of trails through the majestic jungle and historic coconut grove, along which they can see a Spanish stone well, latte stones, a historic burial site, and the site of the historic Spanish church, Casa Real. 
  • Ritidian’s beautiful white-sand beach invites visitors to relax and enjoy its crystal clear waters. Note: There are no lifeguards on duty. Swim at your own risk. For visitors' safety we ask that you use personal flotation devices for water activities, stay close to shore, avoid cuts in the reef, be aware of rip currents and what to do if you get caught in one, and do NOT go beyond the reef.
  • Visitors can participate in tours, including a cave tour to view pictographs, ancient pottery pieces and latte stones - a symbol of the Native Chamorro (Chamoru) people - and a tour of the newly rediscovered ancient latte village to experience an ancient Chamorro (Chamoru) village, untouched since the seventeenth century. 

Driving Directions:

From Tumon or Hagåtña, drive north on Marine Corps Drive (Route 1) for approximately 2~6 miles to Route 3 (uuu). Continue on Route 3 (uuu) for 6 miles to Potts Junction (Route 3A). Turn left on Route 3A and continue another 6 miles to the Refuge. 

From Yigo, take Route 1 north to Route 9. Follow Route 9 for 3 miles to Potts Junction (Route 3A). Turn right on Route 3A and continue 6 miles to the Refuge. All visitors are required to drive down into one of the designated parking areas. Buses are not permitted without prior permission.

Parking:

The Refuge provides parking in three main locations. Paved parking, including parking for disabled visitors (vehicle placard required), is available at the Nature Center parking lot. Additional gravel parking areas include the Beach Parking Area and individual parking spots located along the Beach Road.

Entrance Fee:

Entrance is free of charge.

Amenities:

An emergency phone is located on the outside of the Nature Center building, and is available for visitors to use to contact 911 in the case of an emergency (Dial 99, then the number). Porta potties are located behind the Nature Center and along the Beach Road. The Refuge is on a Rainwater Catchment System; therefore running water is not currently available. However, a water refilling station for refillable water bottles is available at the Nature Center. In addition, there are no food or trash services available, so it is recommended that you bring your own food as well as extra bags to take your trash with you.

Recommendations:

  • Bring:
    • Food/snacks
    • Trash bags
    • Sunscreen
    • Sunglasses
    • Hat or other UV protectant clothing
    • Refillable water bottle or plenty of water
    • Bug spray
     
  • Check the weather
  • Check the waves
  • Know the tide forecast; rip currents are strongest at low tide and when the tide goes out (e.g. tidal change from high to low) 

Restrictions:

Pets and firearms are prohibited. For other restrictions, please visit our Rules and Regulations page. 

Last Updated: Nov 02, 2016
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