Auto Tours

Vehicle as Photo Blind

The Sacramento NWR Complex has 2 different Auto Tours that offer up spectacular wildlife viewing during the winter months.  

Visitors must remain inside their vehicles on the Auto Tours, except for the Park-and-Stretch areas on Sacramento.  By using your vehicle as a viewing blind, the wildlife will remain calm and provide excellent viewing opportunities for everyone throughout the day!

  • Sacramento

    Sacramento Visitor Area

    Sacramento NWR has a 6-mile Auto Tour that begins at the Visitor Center and takes you through wetlands, grasslands, vernal pools and a riparian area. Visitors are required to stay in their vehicles but can get out of their vehicles at one of the 3 Park-and-Stretch Areas. A multi-level platform is located approximately half-way around the Auto Tour, where there is a spotting scope, a restroom, and fantastic views! Open 7 days a week, year-round, from 1 hour before sunrise to 1 hour after sunset. An additional 1.5 mile loop called Pool 2 Extension is open from March 15 - September 10.

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  • Colusa

    Colusa Visitor Area

    Colusa NWR has a 3-mile Auto Tour that begins at the observation deck and takes you through wetlands, grasslands, and a riparian area.  Visitors are required to stay inside their vehicles.  Look for the black-crowned night heron roost in the button willow as you cross the bridge.  Keep an eye open for an occasional collared goose, and also for a western pond turtle in the "turtle pond" located at the very southeast corner of the Auto Tour.  Open 7 days a week, year-round, from 1 hour before sunrise to 1 hour after sunset.

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