Observe and Photograph Wildlife
You can see California condors as well as many other native species nearby the Refuge in the Los Padres National Forest.
Hunting & Fishing Access
There are currently no hunting or fishing opportunities at Hopper Mountain NWR. For more information regarding hunting and fishing opportunities in and around Ventura County contact the California Department of Fish and Wildlife’s Region 5 (South Coast Region) or visit their website at wildlife.ca.gov.
If you’re a researcher interested in accessing the property, opportunities are available at Hopper Mountain National Wildlife Refuge on a case-by case basis. Please contact us for any research interest and be prepared to submit a "Research and Monitoring Special Use Application" which you can find on the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service’s special use permit page Processing permits generally take about 2 weeks, so please plan accordingly.
Gathering of plants on Hopper Mountain NWR by local Native American tribal members has occurred historically and has been a periodic use. Plants, such as hemp dogbane (Apocynum cannabinum), are collected for a variety of uses, including ceremonial and artistic purposes such as basket weaving. A special use permit (SUP) will be issued for all approved plant gathering/collection activities. Please contact us for more information, a "General Activities Special User Permit Application" will be required and the form can be found on the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service’s special use permit page. Processing permits generally take about 2 weeks, so please plan accordingly.