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California Wolf Center

Behind the KQ Campground on Highway 79, Julian, CA 92036
619 234 9653
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Ranked #2 of 18 attractions in Julian
Type: Nature/ Wildlife Areas, Zoos
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Castro Valley, California
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28 reviews 28 reviews
16 attraction reviews
13 helpful votes 13 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 25, 2014

I would very much like to encourage anyone who loves wolves or is afraid of them to make the pilgrimage to the Center. Their staff is extremely knowledgeable about how the wolf greatly affects our eco-system, in a most beneficial way. Very reasonable.

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Washington DC, District of Columbia
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25 reviews 25 reviews
10 attraction reviews
7 helpful votes 7 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed May 18, 2014

Tucked away near the great apple pie mecca of Julian lies this beautiful sanctuary for wolves. They have a pack of gray wolves and some red wolves here. Make reservations in advance. They do a nice and informative brief on wolves, their nature, and current status here in North America before taking you out to see the packs.

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San Diego, California
3 reviews 3 reviews
3 helpful votes 3 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed April 3, 2014

We visited the wolf center about a month ago, and we were really excited since we love animals and especially wolves. It was cool learning about the wolves, but we could have done without the propaganda. I support protecting our wildlife and resources, but there's another side of the story they aren't telling. Ranchers are losing significant amounts of livestock... More

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Philadelphia, PA
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516 reviews 516 reviews
34 attraction reviews
668 helpful votes 668 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed February 19, 2014

Mixed feelings about this one. First, it was a great way to learn more about North American wolves. The staff clearly enjoyed their jobs, bringing great enthusiasm and knowledge to the subject. Given what happened to the North American wolf population, wolves certainly need human friends and advocates. But I'm not sure I can completely recommend a visit to the... More

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El Cajon, Ca.
20 reviews 20 reviews
6 helpful votes 6 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 29, 2014

Very informative speakers and slide show. Best part was an up close look at the wolves under their care. Wonderfully knowledgeable staff. Well worth the small price of admission.

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Hemet, California
1 review
2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 23, 2013

The wolf center is in a beautiful setting in the mountains,It is very interesting to visit.First you get educated on the wolves by your guide,then you take a short walk to view the wolves.They are easy to see and photograph.We had a great time,I think all ages would enjoy the center.There is a gift shop where you can buy a... More

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Senior Contributor
32 reviews 32 reviews
10 attraction reviews
30 helpful votes 30 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 30, 2013

We had a great experience on our visit here with our 10 1/2 year old son. It was a beautiful drive there from Carlsbad (about an hour) All the staff members at the center are friendly and quite knowledgeable. Seeing the wolves was quite an awesome experience, I must tell you. We were all pretty giddy by the time we... More

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San Marcos, California
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66 attraction reviews
37 helpful votes 37 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 8, 2013

Didn't know this place existed until I used Tripadvisor!! After first visit became a member and have gone back twice more. Most recently being one of the first to see the gray wolf pups outside the den. Well worth the visit. They educate you and give you the rare opportunity to see these spectacular creatures up close (wolves willing of... More

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Los Angeles, California
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6 reviews 6 reviews
4 attraction reviews
4 helpful votes 4 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 6, 2013

Like other reviewers have said, you need a reservation to get in. Arrive 30 minutes early. There are 2 types of wolf's at the center, the Alaskan wolfs were hiding in the shade when we visited. And the most important part of this, don't visit this place in your BMW. It's a dirt road to go the center and back... More

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Top Contributor
55 reviews 55 reviews
29 attraction reviews
37 helpful votes 37 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 14, 2013

What a fantastic experience for both kids and adults!!! We had a demonstration and watched a slide show which was very informative. Then we walked outside to view the wolves. Unfortunately it was a hot day so the wolves were resting and only got up a few times. However, we all still enjoyed it immensely. I would just recommend going... More

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