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!