Group of people on wildlife tour.

The refuge offers visitors 3 auto tour routes totaling over 15 miles and 8 nature trails from which to observe a diversity of wildlife in nature. Wildlife tend to be the most active during morning and early evening hours. There is always something to see throughout the year, but the peak season for wildlife observation is generally October through April.

During the hot dry days of summer, you are more likely to see a greater number of bird species in the morning – the next best time for summer birds is in the late afternoon/early evening. Likewise, most mammals, including the tule elk, are more likely to be visible in the morning or early evening during the hot months.