Guam National Wildlife Refuge (NWR) 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 Guam NWR, 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.
- 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 Luta (Rota) 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, 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 an ancient latte village to experience an ancient Chamorro (Chamoru) village, untouched since the seventeenth century. See Events for upcoming tour dates.
A 2-mile loop down the forest road and returning along the beach is available to hikers.
Hiking is not allowed east of Ritidian Cut. The coral reef, beach, and forest east of Ritidian Cut and the Nature Center are closed to the public for the protection of marine life and forest wildlife.
From Tumon or Hagåtña, drive north on Marine Corps Drive (Route 1) for approximately 2~6 miles to Route 3. Continue on Route 3 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). Veer straight 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.
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.
Other Facilities in the Complex
The Guam NWR is comprised of three units: the Andersen Air Force Base Overlay Unit (Air Force Overlay Unit), the Navy Overlay Unit, and the Ritidian Unit.
Rules and Policies
Please heed all posted signs and boundaries, and note that those who violate Guam and refuge laws are subject to fines and/or arrest.
The Guam National Wildlife Refuge maintains operational hours of Wednesday to Sunday, 7:30 a.m. to 4:00 p.m., and is closed Monday, Tuesday, Federal Holidays, and during hazardous ocean conditions. For more information, call our office (671) 355-5096 or email us at email@example.com. Visitors are also encouraged to stop by our Ritidian Nature Center to learn more about the refuge and everything it has to offer.
When the refuge is closed, no walking entry is permitted.
For questions related to related to species lists, technical assistance, consultations, or research and recovery permits, please contact Pacific Islands Fish and Wildlife Office, Ecological Services at firstname.lastname@example.org or call 671-989-6743 web page: http://www.fws.gov/pacificislands/