Coronavirus (COVID-19) Notice
Although most refuge lands and outdoor spaces have remained open for the public to enjoy, we ask that you recreate responsibly.

  • Check alerts and local conditions on this website and call ahead for current information. Operations vary based on local public health conditions.
  • Consistent with CDC recommendations, all visitors (age 2 and older), who are fully vaccinated are required to wear a mask inside of federal buildings in areas of substantial or high community transmission.. All visitors who are not fully vaccinated must continue to wear masks indoors and in crowded outdoor spaces.
  • Most importantly, stay home if you feel sick and continue to watch for symptoms of COVID-19 and follow CDC guidance on how to protect yourself and others.


Features

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    eBird Trail Tracker

    Find out what birds are being seen at the refuge, including the most recent sightings.

    eBird Trail Tracker

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    Refuge Gallery

    Images and information on some of the amazing wildlife found on the Santa Ana National Wildlife Refuge.

    Multimedia Gallery

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    Enjoy and Explore!

    Explore up to 12 miles of trails and enjoy seeing many wildlife species you will not find beyond the most southern tip of Texas!

    Visitor Activities

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    Nature Walks & Programs

    The refuge offers guided walks & special programs throughout the year that are fun for everyone.

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News

Current Conditions

In keeping with guidance from the White House and the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) and acting out of an abundance of caution, we are temporarily suspending operations at Santa Ana National Wildlife Refuge. We are committed to doing our part to slow the spread of COVID-19 and to ensure the health and safety of our employees, volunteers, and you--our friends and neighbors. Therefore, planned Refuge events and programs may not take place as scheduled. Refuge lands, including nature trails are open but in a limited capacity. The Visitor center, observation tower and bridge are closed. We apologize for any inconvenience and will provide updates as they become available.

Phantom Cat of the Chaparral

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This 30 minute documentary highlights the important research and partnerships in place to ensure the recovery of the endangered ocelot. Biologists and landowners talk about tracking the cats, protecting and restoring ocelot habitat, the importance of partnerships, and what the public can do to help in the recovery of the species. Thank you to Richard Moore of Richard Moore Outdoors for creating this important and unique documentary and for letting the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service share it with you. And thanks to the Caesar Kleberg Wildlife Research Institute for their important contributions to ocelot recovery and to the many private landowners whose critical work on private lands has helped keep ocelots on the Texas landscape.

Watch it here.
Featured Stories

Every Kid In A Park

This initiative grants every 4th grader in the country and their family free access to the Santa Ana National Wildlife Refuge -- and any other federal lands! Learn more about how to get this important pass at the link below.

Detailed Information Here

Featured Stories

Santa Ana Bird Feeding Station Camera

Take a look at the Santa Ana Bird Feeding Station from the comfort of your own home!

Link to Camera Feed

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Santa Ana Observation Tower Camera

Take a look at the view from Santa Ana Observation Tower.

Link to Camera Feed

About the NWRS

National Wildlife Refuge System

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The National Wildlife Refuge System, within the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service, manages a national network of lands and waters set aside to conserve America's fish, wildlife, and plants.

Learn more about the NWRS