Where to Visit Wolves

There are several places to visit wolves.  We will be compiling a list of these places over time.  If you know of a place to see wolves that is not on the list, please let us know by clicking here.

We strongly recommend against intefering with wild wolves. They are very difficult to find in the wild, and human contact, however innocent, more often than not leads to the death of a wolf. Wolves are wild animals, and should be treated and viewed as such. We take satisfaction in just knowing that they are there.

Sites by State:

Alaska:
Wild wolves inhabit Alaska in greater number than in all other states combined.  Viewing is best in Denali National Park.

Arizona:
Desert Musem:  Sonora - Mexican Wolves

California:
Wolf Mountain Sanctuary:  Lucerne Valley - Rescue center for wolves, habituated wolves that you can photograph and 'visit with' personally. An experience to remember forever (please bring at least $10 per person. Wolves are hungry, and food isn't free.) We have enjoyed our experiences with the wolves, and strongly recommend this to anyone and everyone. Worth far more than $10.


Colorado:
Mission: Wolf: Gardner - Rescue and educational facility with onsite tours. They house over 30 animals, mostly rescued wolves, and some rescued hybrids. Their primary focus is in their touring ambassador wolf program. The drive around the country, giving talks about wolves, and present an ambassador wolf to groups such as classrooms. We strongly recommend visiting their facility, or seeing one of their programs. Hosting a program is also strongly recommended for those with groups or classrooms.

Idaho:
Wolf Education and Recovery Center:  Winchester - This is the best place to see wolves in their natural state. Easily the most moving experience viewing wolves. No, you don't get to see them up close, but you get to see wolves how they are meant to be. If you are lucky enough to be there when they howl, you are certainly in for a treat. Please bring some cash (or check) to donate. This is a private run facility, and funding requires donations from the public.

Also, wild wolves throughout the state. Please contact us for specific information, and expectations. To give you an idea, a staff member spent six weeks over the summer of 2005 near wolves, heard them howl twice 150 yards away, and never saw a single wolf. But two years earlier, on a drive in the same area, he saw a wolf cross the road in front of him. That's what you can expect. You never know when you might see a wolf, and you can't expect to see them no matter how hard you try.

Minnesota:
International Wolf Center:  Ely

Also in Minnesota, wild wolves in the upper half of the state.

North Carolina:
Lincoln Park Zoo:  Raleigh