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

  • Check local conditions on this website and call ahead for current information. Operations vary based on local public health conditions.
  • Face masks are required in all federal buildings and on all federal lands.
  • Maintain a safe distance between yourself and other groups.
  • Wash your hands often with soap and water for at least 20 seconds
  • Avoid touching your eyes, nose and mouth
  • Cover your mouth and nose when you cough or sneeze
  • Most importantly, stay home if you feel sick


  • Refuge Status - August 20, 2020

    The Refuge is currently open during normal hours and all trails are open. The visitor center is temporarily closed.

  • A young wildcat looking at the camera, surrounded by golden-brown grass.The cat's fur is also a golden brown color.

    Where Wildlife Comes First

    National Wildlife Refuges are managed for wildlife, their habitat, and to ensure future generations will have wild places to explore.

Visit Your Refuge

Trails & Wildlife Viewing


The refuge has two walking trails: the Rock Hill Trail and the Michael Hardenberger Trail.

Visit our Trails

Waterfowl Hunt Program

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Hunting is an important wildlife management tool that we recognize as a healthy, traditional outdoor pastime, deeply rooted in America’s heritage.

Sonny Bono Salton Sea NWR Hunt Program

Plan a Field Trip

Environmental Education

We offer guided tours and activities. Contact us at 1-760-348-5278 to learn more.

For Educators
Baby Birds & Injured Wildlife

What to Do?


If you find a nestling in your yard, the best thing to do for these young birds is to place them back in their nest, if it can be found.

Continue reading to learn more....

About the Complex

Sonny Bono Salton Sea National Wildlife Refuge Complex

Sonny Bono Salton Sea National Wildlife Refuge is managed as part of the Sonny Bono Salton Sea National Wildlife Refuge Complex.

Read more about the complex
About the NWRS

National Wildlife Refuge System


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