We noticed that you're using an unsupported browser. The TripAdvisor website may not display properly.
We support the following browsers:
Windows: Internet Explorer, Mozilla Firefox, Google Chrome. Mac: Safari.

“The Mystery of the Wolf” 5 of 5 stars
Review of California Wolf Center

California Wolf Center
Behind the KQ Campground on Highway 79, Julian, CA 92036
619 234 9653
Improve this listing
Ranked #2 of 16 Attractions in Julian
Type: Nature/ Wildlife Areas, Zoos & Aquariums
Attraction details
Castro Valley, California
Senior Contributor
37 reviews 37 reviews
18 attraction reviews
Reviews in 18 cities Reviews in 18 cities
18 helpful votes 18 helpful votes
“The Mystery of the Wolf”
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.

Visited June 2014
Was this review helpful? Yes 4
This review is the subjective opinion of a TripAdvisor member and not of TripAdvisor LLC.
Write a Review

32 reviews from our community

Visitor rating
Date | Rating
  • English first
  • Any
English first
Washington DC, District of Columbia
Senior Contributor
32 reviews 32 reviews
14 attraction reviews
Reviews in 17 cities Reviews in 17 cities
12 helpful votes 12 helpful votes
“Great advocacy for wolves here”
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.

Visited May 2014
Was this review helpful? Yes 2
This review is the subjective opinion of a TripAdvisor member and not of TripAdvisor LLC.
Philadelphia, PA
Top Contributor
545 reviews 545 reviews
36 attraction reviews
Reviews in 346 cities Reviews in 346 cities
717 helpful votes 717 helpful votes
“Interesting and overpriced”
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 Center. Why? Well, first it's overpriced, unless you're just interested in making a donation to their cause. That said, they do offer discounts, including sometimes on Groupon-type sites, so look around if you don't want to pay the full price.

Second, the experience isn't that much different from a zoo. Kind of like visiting a zoo with a personal guide. First you get an orientation program and then you go look at a couple of wolf enclosures. The wolves are behind fences and you're likely to only see a handful of animals. Indeed, at the Living Desert zoo in nearby Palm Desert, we probably got a better view of the Mexican gray wolves (of course, we LEARNED a lot more about them at the California Wolf Center).

Finally, the relatively short gravel road to the Center is atrocious. Why not grade it -- or even better, pave it? I was glad to have a rental vehicle and not my own personal car.

Bottomline, the Center makes a nice stop if you're in the area and interested in wolves, but is not a must see destination.

Visited February 2014
Was this review helpful? Yes 6
This review is the subjective opinion of a TripAdvisor member and not of TripAdvisor LLC.
El Cajon, Ca.
Senior Contributor
23 reviews 23 reviews
Reviews in 8 cities Reviews in 8 cities
7 helpful votes 7 helpful votes
“Gave you a new respect for wolves”
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.

Visited January 2014
Was this review helpful? Yes
This review is the subjective opinion of a TripAdvisor member and not of TripAdvisor LLC.
Hemet, California
1 review
3 helpful votes 3 helpful votes
“Our visit to help the wolves.”
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 sweatshirt,tee shirt ,hats ,books and much more.I would say the California Wolf Center is doing a good job with their breeding program in hopes that one day California will have wolves in the wild again

Visited December 2013
Was this review helpful? Yes 3
This review is the subjective opinion of a TripAdvisor member and not of TripAdvisor LLC.

Been to California Wolf Center? Share your experiences!

Write a Review Add Photos & Videos

Owners: What's your side of the story?

If you own or manage California Wolf Center, register now for free tools to enhance your listing, attract new reviews, and respond to reviewers.