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Wolf Mountain Sanctuary

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Staff was great. Interaction with the wolves was so awesome. Just the ability to pet and get wolf... read more

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Savannah, Georgia
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It was amazing!!

I loved our tour guide so much, I wanted to learn more about the whole thing. I had gone for my... read more

Reviewed 1 week ago
Diana M
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Visitors are allowed to interact with over a dozen wolves at this nonprofit that is dedicated to rescuing the animals from various unfavorable environments.
7520 Fairlane Rd, Lucerne Valley, CA 92356
+1 760-248-7818
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Reviewed yesterday via mobile

Staff was great. Interaction with the wolves was so awesome. Just the ability to pet and get wolf kisses! Wow. Totally worth the drive. And don’t forget to bring treats.

Date of experience: March 2019
Thank neckoles
Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

I loved our tour guide so much, I wanted to learn more about the whole thing. I had gone for my sisters birthday and all I can say is that, it was worth it.

Date of experience: March 2019
Thank Diana M
Reviewed 3 weeks ago

We have visited 7 Wolf Sanctuaries in 6 States. This is by far the best visit we have had so far. We were there for over 1.5 hours and got every penny of our $ 50.00 donation. The guide was a plethora of information and...More

Date of experience: February 2019
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Reviewed 7 January 2019

My wife and I decided to surprise my brother for his birthday with a trip to the sanctuary as we both absolutely love wolves. We walked in with the expectation of just seeing them from afar but to our surprise we had tons of interactions...More

Date of experience: January 2019
1  Thank Sheh-e369
Reviewed 31 December 2018 via mobile

Today me;my wife, and my daughter went to the Wolf Sanctuary in Lucerne Valley California. At my full time job; I go through regular backgrounds, FBI Backgrounds, and DHS Backgrounds every 3 years.(I'm only Mentioning this because I'm giving you an Honest, Straight forward Review...More

Date of experience: December 2018
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Reviewed 22 December 2018

Our trip to Wold Mountain Sanctuary was so fun. The wolves are beautiful and the chance to get to interact with them was amazing.

Date of experience: December 2018
Thank Christina N
Reviewed 10 December 2018

Absolutely and extraordinarily one of a kind experience! This non-profit organization has dedicated everything to educating and allowing people to experience these beautiful, at-risk animals. I learned so much and our guide Ne-Ne was an absolute gem. The wolves are so beautiful and ethereal and...More

Date of experience: December 2018
Thank VmMartinev
Reviewed 23 November 2018 via mobile

Beautiful wolves, so misunderstood by many but not here and making a difference to create understanding to those who will listen to save these amazing animals from leaving this earth and never replaced

Date of experience: June 2018
Thank Linda N
Reviewed 12 November 2018

Such amazing beautiful creatures. Wonderful friendly tour guides and offer an excellent photo opportunity. You may take your camera, but no bags and no hoodies. Recommended that you not wear perfume or scented lotion.

Date of experience: November 2018
Thank Kathy F
Reviewed 1 October 2018 via mobile

This place is taken care of by incredible people who love being there to take care of these amazing animals. It is such an awesome and spiritual experience, just learning and being able to love on these beautiful animals.

Date of experience: September 2018
Thank Sabrina M
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I have a trip planned to California the end of June. When I came across this website I was thrilled to have a chance to interact with wolves. They are truly magnificent creatures. After reading the mixed reviews, I am not sure now. Are there any local agencies that ensure that these wolves are being housed in suitable living conditions? From the videos, it looks like they are not being treated so well and live in a confined outdoor kennel with zero shading. For anyone that has been there please tell me this is not true. I hope they are not running this facility just as a money making venture. Why can't the owner organize an event to raise money for more natural living conditions for these beautiful wolves? With the money they make could they at least get some inexpensive trees to plant to add some shade. Can they give them more of an "in the wild" environment even though they were born in captivity. Just wondering.
8 January 2018|
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Response from Jackie B | Reviewed this property |
Hi, I don't normally give reviews on trip advisor but I did for this place (it was actually the first time I ever gave a review). As a biologist who has studied animals and animal behavior all over the world, I was very very... More
13 June 2017|
Response from MittaBear | Reviewed this property |
You get to spend about 20 minutes with two different wolves. It was very nice and pictures were taken. This location is very remote and smaller than what I expected. Kind of made me sad that they are in the desert without... More
6 November 2016|
Response from Myshwk | Reviewed this property |
Your guesstimate is accurate. The amount of time spent on the tour was about 2-3 hours including time in the gift shop. Call in advance though to be sure they have a time slot open for the day you plan to visit.