Plan Your Visit


Visit the San Luis National Wildlife Refuge!

San Luis NWR Complex Headquarters and Visitor Center
7376 S. Wolfsen Road (Do not use for mailing)
Los Banos, CA 93635

Mailing Address
San Luis NWR Complex
P.O. Box 2176
Los Banos, CA 93635

Phone: 209/826-3508
Fax: 209/826-1445

Driving Directions

Please note that ALL areas of the refuge are closed to public entry unless otherwise explicitly posted as an auto tour route, nature trail, hunting area, fishing area, or parking lot.  National Wildlife Refuges are managed for wildlife first.

Refuge auto tour routes, nature trails, and fishing access are open daily from one-half hour before sunrise to one-half hour after sunset.
The Visitor Center is open daily from 8:00 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. except federal holidays.

Visitor Center
The San Luis NWR Complex Visitor Center and Headquarters located on the San Luis NWR includes an exhibit hall with interactive educational exhibits on wildlife and habitats, tule elk viewing, a multi-purpose room to hold conservation meetings and conduct environmental education programs for schools, and is the administrative headquarters for the Complex. The Visitor Center complements the wildlife refuges of California’s San Joaquin Valley and provides a focal point for visitors, and a launching point to explore the entire Refuge Complex. The facility was designed for environmental sustainability and energy efficiency and was awarded a Platinum rating under the Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design program (LEED), and is striving to produce all energy used by the facility via banks of solar panels.

Tips to help you enjoy your visit


  • Bring binoculars, spotting scopes, and cameras to enhance your visit
  • Visit the Refuge with a friend to share the experience
  • Attend a group program or tour
  • Contact the Complex for information and recent wildlife sightings
  • Respect other refuge visitors’ viewing opportunities
  • Minimize disturbance to wildlife
  • Remain in vehicles on auto tour routes for optimal viewing
  • Keeping noise levels to a minimum will enhance wildlife viewing
  • Bring water, sunscreen, hats, and appropriate clothing for weather conditions

 Please view Permitted and Prohibited Activities