In an effort to help contain the spread of COVID-19 we will be closed to the public until further notice.

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WE ARE CLOSED TO THE PUBLIC UNTIL FURTHER NOTICE, DUE TO COVID-19.

INFORMATION ON THIS PAGE PERTAINS TO “NORMAL HOURS OF OPERATION” FOR PLANNING FUTURE VISITS WHEN WE BEGIN RE-OPENING TO THE GENERAL PUBLIC

Wild Spirit Wolf Sanctuary offers a variety of experiences from our Standard Tour to more interactive tours, such as our Feeding Tour, Canine Encounter Tour, Photo Tour, and Wolf Walk. No matter which tour you take, everyone is welcome to take photographs of their experience!

If this is your first time visiting us, please be sure to read the What You Should Know About Visiting Us section, at the bottom of this page.

If you’re planning to visit in the future, please be aware that our regular hours and tour schedule change during the months of January and February!

Please note: All visitors to Wild Spirit Wolf Sanctuary must be escorted beyond the inner courtyard; no one is allowed to wander freely within the animal enclosure grounds. This is a USDA requirement to ensure the safety of our guests and our pack.

All tour guests should plan to arrive at least 10 minutes prior to the tour start time to check-in, grab water, or use the restroom. Your punctuality is greatly appreciated by our team, and our guests!

During the months of January and February all tours are by advance reservation ONLY. You must register at least two days in advance.

$10 per Adult • $8 per Senior, Military Veteran, or Student (with valid ID) • $5 per Child (12 or younger) • All age groups • No reservation required • Lasts roughly 1 hour • Daily times are 11:30 am, 1:30 pm, and 3:30 pm

Our Standard Tour is an opportunity to see and learn more about how Wild Spirit Wolf Sanctuary cares for our beautiful animals. The Standard Tour is open to all age groups, and typically runs between 45 minutes and an hour or more, depending on the size and age of the group, the interest of the guests, and activity of our rescues.

Along the tour path you’re free to take photos, and you will see an assortment of our rescues, though not all; Some of our rescues prefer to be away from human activity and will not be visible to the public.

Standard Tours are available three times per day and no advance reservation is required. Large groups of 10 or more can receive a discount, however, these tours are a special case, require advance reservation, and are run only at 11 am daily. Please contact us to schedule large group tours, either by phone 505-775-3032 or email.

Book a Standard Tour

SPECIALTY TOUR: Requires at least 7 days advance registration
$200 per Person • Limited availability • Typically available Tuesday through Saturday at 2 pm • 18 years of age or older • Up to five people per group

The Photo Tour is very similar to our Encounter Tour, but your tour guide will take you into enclosures where it’s easier to get angles that exclude fences, and where rescues are less likely to want direct interaction.  Lenses with a focal length of 200mm or greater will be most-effective in these enclosures.

Photo Tour guests must be at least 18 years of age, and the tour must be reserved at least 7 days in advance.

Book a Photo Tour

SPECIALTY TOUR: Requires at least 7 days advance registration
$25 per Person • All age groups • Lasts roughly 1 hour • Typically available Wednesdays, Fridays, Saturdays, and Sundays

The Feeding Tour is an opportunity to learn about our species-specific diets, why we feed them what we do, and to watch them chow down! You will likely have the opportunity to try your hand at delivering some tasty treats to a hungry animal, too. It’s harder than it looks to get that frozen meat over the fence!

Book a Feeding Tour

CLOSED MONDAYS

Open 10:30 AM to 4:30 PM
Tuesday through Sunday

Daily Standard Tour Times
11:30 AM • 1:30 PM • 3:30 PM

SPECIALTY TOUR: Requires at least 7 days advance registration
$200 per Person • Limited availability • Typically available Tuesday through Saturday at 2 pm • 18 years of age or older • Up to five people per group

Encounter Tours are one of three specialty tours Wild Spirit Wolf Sanctuary offers that allow for the opportunity to be in close proximity to some of our animals (the others being our Wolf Walk and Photo Tour). Some of our rescues have been exposed to and socialized by humans prior to arriving here and actually enjoy meeting new people and receiving attention. Your visit isn’t only fun and engaging for you, but it’s also an opportunity for enriching the lives of some of our rescues!

Your Encounter Tour is a great opportunity to take photos of our rescues with no fences between you and them, so bring your phone or camera gear and create some amazing memories.

Which animals you visit will be determined at the time your tour begins, and will be based on your tour guide’s understanding of which animals are interested in interacting with humans at that time. There is no guarantee that an animal will allow you to touch them, and they are never forced to interact, but most Encounter Tour guests will have the opportunity to receive attention from at least a few animals.

You’ll likely get to meet some New Guinea singing dogs, Australian dingoes, and at least a couple of wolves or wolf-dogs.

Canine Encounter Tour guests must be at least 18 years of age, and the tour must be reserved at least 7 days in advance.

Book a Canine Encounter Tour

SPECIALTY TOUR: Requires at least 7 days advance registration
Starting at $150 • Limited availability • Typically available Saturdays • 7 years and older when accompanied by an adult • Up to five people per group

Some of our rescues enjoy going for a leisurely walk outside of their habitat. On the Wolf Walk, you can enjoy a stroll right along with them, enriching their day by sharing in a fun activity.

Your tour guide will select a rescue based on their knowledge of who would like to go for a walk that day, though you should feel free to request a particular animal. Not all animals like walks or strangers, so you are limited to a handful of options.

On your walk, our rescue will determine the level of interaction you have; we never force animals to interact with guests. Your tour guide will explain how to interact with a particular animal, such as when and how it’s appropriate to touch that animal.

Bring your phone or camera gear so that you can capture some great memories!

Wolf Walk guests must be at least 7 years of age, accompanied by an adult, and the tour must be reserved at least 7 days in advance.

Book a Wolf Walk

What You Should Know About Visiting Us

Wild Spirit Wolf Sanctuary is remote, about 4 miles down a fairly well-maintained gravel road. When the roads are dry, it’s a relatively easy, if not bumpy, ride down Candy Kitchen Road. However, when it’s wet the road can be slippery, and reduced speeds are highly recommended. Additionally, if you plan on utilizing our campground, or if you’re planning on staying in one of our lodgings, it is strongly advised that you have a 4-wheel drive vehicle; once you get off the gravel road, the dirt roads in the area can become anything from slick to downright sloppy.

If you’re coming out for part of your day, you should plan your meals carefully since there aren’t any restaurants or shops nearby that sell food or drink. The nearest location is a gas station/mini-mart that is about 20 minutes away. You might want to stop in Grants or Gallup (depending on which direction you’re coming from) and grab some snacks or bring lunch with you to eat on the picnic tables in the courtyard. If you’re coming from Grants, just before you get to El Morro National Monument, you might want to stop at Inscription Rock Trading Post for a great cup of coffee and a snack, as well as some excellent local shopping, or go next door to the Ancient Way Café for a fantastic meal.

Also, keep in mind that we’re around 7,500 feet above sea level, and people not used to these altitudes may feel sluggish, or have a mild headache. It’s very important to stay hydrated up here, even if you don’t feel thirsty!

Finally, to best be prepared for participating on a tour, be sure to wear sturdy, closed-toe shoes. Our tour path is unpaved and uneven, and if you’re going on a Canine Encounter Tour having the proper footwear inside of the enclosures is important for your safety and comfort. Furthermore, due to the unpredictability of the weather here, it is highly recommended that you bring layers and rain gear to keep comfortable despite the temperature and possible precipitation.

The Wild Spirit Team cannot wait to have you visit!