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“The Mystery of the Wolf”

California Wolf Center
Ranked #2 of 38 things to do in Julian
Certificate of Excellence
Castro Valley, California
Level 6 Contributor
106 reviews
47 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 43 helpful votes
“The Mystery of the Wolf”
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
5 Thank Michelle P
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San Diego, California
Level 6 Contributor
347 reviews
133 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 81 helpful votes
“Great advocacy for wolves here”
Reviewed May 17, 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
2 Thank TheAnvil
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Philadelphia, PA
Level 6 Contributor
907 reviews
84 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 956 helpful votes
“Interesting and overpriced”
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
9 Thank Dave's_reviews
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El Cajon, Ca.
Level 4 Contributor
39 reviews
3 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 13 helpful votes
“Gave you a new respect for wolves”
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
1 Thank ECAntiquer
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Hemet, California
1 review
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 3 helpful votes
“Our visit to help the wolves.”
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
3 Thank Lynetta M
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