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“A New Mexico must see”

Wild Spirit Wolf Sanctuary
Ranked #2 of 4 things to do in Ramah
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Albuquerque, New Mexico
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127 reviews
11 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 71 helpful votes
“A New Mexico must see”
Reviewed November 4, 2012

A Friend from work joined me in visiting this very special place. If you haven't been, or are looking for a place to take someone visiting New Mexico, this would be a wonderful treat. It's about a 2/ 1/2 hour drive from Albuquerque through some beautiful scenery, skirting El Malpais National Monument, and passing El Morro National Monument, which you might stop at on your way back.
The guided tours run from 45 minutes to 1 hour with an extremely knowledgeable guide. These guides love their animal friends, and it really shows in their stories.
To see these magnificent animals up close, with some relating to the guides makes you wonder how anyone could want to kill these beautiful beasts.
The tour we took was the morning (11:00 a.m.), and it was extra special. About halfway through, one of the wolves started howling, and soon all of them were talking back and forth. This went on for about 5 minutes, and I don't think the goose bumps went away until it got quiet again.
Take a day and head out to the sanctuary. There is a small fee, and they have some gift items for sale, all money to benefit the sanctuary.
You will have 4 miles of gravel road, but it is in good condition. Their website is wildspiritwolfsancturay.com, for times of tours and directions.

Visited October 2012
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Ganado, Arizona
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138 reviews
44 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 83 helpful votes
“A Unique and Special Place”
Reviewed September 8, 2012

Wild Spirit is a great place for several reasons. First, the staff really cares about what they are doing. They love these animals and are always doing things to improve the homes of these wolves and wolf-dogs.

Second, this is about the best place I know to get educated on wolves. The "romantic" notion of having a wolf as a watchdog is put to rest here and rightfully so!

Third, the animals themselves! To hear the howling and see them up close is priceless. This is definitely a must see if you are in the Gallup area or on the nearby Navajo Nation. The cause presented here is worthy of support. Once you go to Wild Spirit, you will never forget it!

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Pinehill, New Mexico
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14 reviews
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 9 helpful votes
“A howling good time”
Reviewed September 3, 2012

Not a zoo, but a non-profit dedicated to the rescue of wolves and wolf-dog hybrids. We've visited a number of times, and always enjoy it and like to support these good people in their work.

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Heber, Arizona
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38 reviews
8 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 25 helpful votes
“Unusual Experience To View Wild Wolfs”
Reviewed August 2, 2012

The WSWS is not easy to get to, but is worth the effort. Over 50 rescued wolfs and wolf dogs are lovingly care for.

A mere $7 admission price, gets a 45 min/1 hour tour of the premises. The animals are introduced and their individual back stories are shared. Wolf characteristics are explained. Tour guides are young (early 20 somethings) and each work in many capacities at the Sanctuary. The animals appear very healthy. We visited on a warm day late in July & were told the wolfs are more active on cooler days. A summer monsoon thunderstorm seemed to explode as our tour ended, so we weren't able to ask more questions. I would've liked more information on wolfs, in general. This area has many treasures to explore such as El Morro.

Visited July 2012
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Roswell, New Mexico
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 3 helpful votes
“a lifelong dream fulfilled”
Reviewed June 6, 2012

OMG-it was totally amazing!! This is not a "zoo". I spent 4 days there over Mothers Day week-end with my best friend and her family. It was the best Mothers Day I have had in a long time. We took the feeding tour, and the photography tour. It was awe inspiring to be in the presence of these magestic animals. I thought I knew about wolves but found out I didn't know as much as I thought I did. Everyone is so gracious and helpful. The knowledge the voluteers have is amazing. We took the general walking tour 4 times and learned new things on each trip. It is well worth taking the trail off the beaten path. The scenery is beautiful as well as the serenity of the woods. Hearing the wolves howl around 3 am everynight was something else. We are all smitten with WSWS and are planning to return in August.

Visited May 2012
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