The Refuge is currently closed to the public and has been since its establishment in 1985 due to the sensitive nature of the California Condor Recovery Program activities, sensitivity of its resources, and rugged terrain.  

A virtual reality app, TimeLooper, was created in 2021 to provide a digital immersive experience for anyone interested in visiting the Refuge. The app can be downloaded for free in the Apple App Store or Google Play Store.

Trails are available on adjacent public lands, including the Carrizo Plain National Monument managed by the BLM, and the Los Padres National Forest, managed by the U.S. Forest Service.