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Address: 7430 W. Sandy Mush Rd, On State Hwy 59, then 8 miles west on Sandy Mush Road, Merced, CA 93635
Phone Number: +1 209-826-3508
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It was THE BEST sunset. I want to go again and again. Merced's hidden treasure. It's only 8 miles outside of town. You venture down a road that has wide open spaces of rangeland... read more

5 of 5 bubblesReviewed 2 days ago
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 days ago NEW via mobile

It was THE BEST sunset. I want to go again and again. Merced's hidden treasure. It's only 8 miles outside of town. You venture down a road that has wide open spaces of rangeland, right when you think you've gone too far you'll reach it. A large sign (see 1st photo) reading Merced Wildlife Refuge is hard to miss and... More 

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Thank HBBrooke
Merced, California
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed October 15, 2016

If you just to get out of the house on a winter day, this is the perfect place for a run or a walk, and time to talk with whoever you're with. Complete quiet . You are alone. Just go .

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Merced, California
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3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed September 12, 2016 via mobile

This is a great trip for a nature walk. The center offers tours of the wildlife park. It was fun for a field trip at school as well.

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed September 10, 2016

May I make a correction? The address advertised on S. Wolfsen Road is for the San Luis National Wildlife Refuge, Los Banos. The address for the Merced NWR is 7430 W. Sandy Mush Rd, Merced. That said, the SLNWR has a exhibit hall with interactive exhibits on wildlife & habitats which is so much fun not to mention educational. For... More 

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Cavan, Ireland
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed August 1, 2016 via mobile

Was there on Saturday, had the place all to myself. If you are interested in nature photography, this is fantastic. I photographed kestrels,jays, pigeons Jack rabbits, cows, house sparrows, and stoats. Really enjoyed my visit. It's well laid out and great to get it to myself.

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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed July 13, 2016 via mobile

Now this a nice place to visit at least once. There's a whole lotta birds out there.We've been out there several times the kids and I really enjoy it.

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Thank albertMerced
Sacramento, California
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22 reviews
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed April 16, 2016 via mobile

Great place to visit. Highly recommended. Will definitely go back again when weather is much warmer ❤️❤️

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Grayling, Michigan
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed April 6, 2016

This place was very serene and beautiful. There were hundreds of birds to watch. There are multiple walking trails and also auto tour trails spread out at different location throughout the refuge. Best of all, it's free and the sunsets are golden! If you love nature, go here!

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Thank sbidwell
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed April 3, 2016 via mobile

I went there with a couple of friends, there were many birds and the scenery was awesome, full moon and swarms of birds frying and singing. Nice experience and I definitely recommend to go for a break.

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Thank Jose S
Merced, California
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed March 15, 2016

Don't miss the arrival of the geese and other birds that descend into the wetlands of Merced's National Wildlife Refuge. Do not forget your binoculars as many of the birds roost in the trees during the evening hours. Make sure to arrive before the gates close at 5 p.m. You can leave through the automatic gates but you can't get... More 

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