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Modoc National Wildlife Refuge

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Alturas, CA 96101
+1 530-233-3572
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awesome place to stop a minute and enjoy the scenery and wildlife

cool spot to stop and do some wildlife viewing! you can normally see lots of birds and such... read more

Reviewed 5 days ago
Orange County, California
Cranes, Cranes, Sandhill Cranes Everywhere!

My wife and I traveled here in May and enjoyed this special area of the Great Basin. Modoc NWR was... read more

Reviewed 3 weeks ago
New York Mills, MN, United States
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Alturas, CA 96101
+1 530-233-3572
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Reviewed 5 days ago

cool spot to stop and do some wildlife viewing! you can normally see lots of birds and such enjoying this spot but sometimes you get really lucky and see herds of deer and sometimes antelope!

Thank joenumbah1
Reviewed 3 weeks ago

My wife and I traveled here in May and enjoyed this special area of the Great Basin. Modoc NWR was established to manage, protect and to produce migratory waterfowl. This NWR is located in north east California near the town of Alturas. We truly enjoyed...More

Thank BluegooseTraveler
Reviewed 4 August 2017

We spent a half day traveling through here. Saw some Elk and other wildlife. The location for the Headquarters was not exactly located as depicted on GPS and maps. There was literally no one there when we visited. A small office had restrooms and a...More

Reviewed 23 June 2017

Interesting walk around the ponds. Very hot, no shelter. Saw some interesting birds. Couldn't find the visitors centre Ok to pass an hour here

Thank rosielamb
Reviewed 13 June 2017

fantastic. The refuge is a cooperation between farmers and BLM to provide habitat for numerous raptors and other birds. It is wonderful. I saw many birds including bald eagles and sandhill cranes and pronghorn. Well kept secret! :)

Thank KulKat5
Reviewed 23 May 2017 via mobile

Very beautiful and peaceful place. Mountains in the distance and lots of birds, deer and a snake too! I would've loved to be there in the morning or sunset. Lots of things to see and bring your binos. Dogs on leash.

Thank Goldengate3
Reviewed 23 December 2016

Located just south of Alturas, it's great to have easy access to a beautiful area. This area in the far Northeast corner of California is uncrowded with many far reaching vistas. We've been back twice and will visit again.

Thank alanvoetsch
Reviewed 20 February 2016

We visited in early February so there weren't a whole lot a birds, but the ones we saw made the excursion special. We thought the scenery and atmosphere was beautiful and peaceful. We drove the loop which was quite muddy but doable. We will definitely...More

Thank johnvN6881QW
Reviewed 3 October 2015

This time of year (autumn) the birds begin their journey in earnest and it is mind boggling to see it! Sure, there are lots of bugs to collect on your car's front bumper, but this is a photographer's paradise! And if you're a birder, I...More

2  Thank WingingHereToThere
Reviewed 4 March 2015

Although there is suppose to be alot of snow there right now, its dry and cold. So there are several kinds of birds to view. We saw Canadian & Speckled geese, multiple types of duck, Sandhill Cranes, ground-dogs plus many I can't identify. Easy walking...More

3  Thank Max J
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17 June 2017|
Response from Goldengate3 | Reviewed this property |
April thru June and September thru November. The birds are on the move. If there's water, there's mosquitos (except when cold). Early morning or dusk for best viewing.