Plan Your Visit


Welcome to the Santa Ana National Wildlife Refuge!  Check in at the Visitor Center for the latest news on wildlife sightings, exciting programs and guided nature walks.

Visitor Center
Open daily from 8am to 4pm except on Thanksgiving, New Year's, and Christmas.

Refuge staff and volunteers give free tours and talks during the fall and winter months. Visitor Center displays feature birds, butterflies, and other wildlife found at Santa Ana and its two companion refuges, the Lower Rio Grande Valley and Laguna Atascosa National Wildlife Refuges.  This is also where you can pick up maps of the refuge trails. 

Ask the staff about binoculars and books. To enhance your visit, the refuge gladly lends binoculars and field guides. Pick up maps, bird lists, and trail guides here.

Refuge Trails:
Seven days a week from sunrise to sunset, you can enjoy Santa Ana National Wildlife Refuge's many trails. Enjoy wildlife-related activities, including wildlife watching, hiking, and photography.  No pets allowed on trails. 

Biking is permitted on designated biking routes ONLY when biking is seasonally permitted, check in at the visitor's center for more information. Biking on hiking trails is not permitted. 

Currently the auto-tour loop is closed to vehicles until further notice.  No pets are allowed on the refuge trails and auto-tour road.

Special Events and Activities:
The refuge offers many exciting special events and activities! Check out the Events Calendar for fun things to do.

• Restrooms are open to the public and are wheelchair accessible.
• Wheelchairs and an electric scooter are available from visitor center staff.
• The Chachalaca Trail and tour loop are both ADA compliant. Accommodations are possible for wheelchair users on the tram (inquire at the Visitor Center).

Directions: The refuge is located seven miles south of Alamo, Texas, on FM 907 about 1/4 mile east on U.S. Highway 281. The lat/long is N 26.08522, W 098.13448.