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  • Take I-8 East.
  • Take exit 40 toward CA-79/Japatul Valley Rd (Highway 79). Turn left at CA-79 N (Highway 79 North).
  • Approximately 2.5 miles north of I-8, turn left to stay on CA-79 (follow green signs to stay on Highway 79 North).
  • Pass Lake Cuyamaca. Pass Sunrise Highway (S-1).
  • Approximately 1.5 miles after Sunrise Highway (S-1), turn right at K Q Ranch Road.
  • Go approximately 0.25 miles on K Q Ranch Road. Turn right onto the dirt road (Kenis/ Christiansen Private Road).
  • Wait at the California Wolf Center sign for an escort. Do not proceed on the dirt road without an escort.
  • Take CA-78 toward Julian.
  • Follow all signs to stay on CA-78.
  • In the town of Julian, turn right on Main St.
  • Turn right onto CA-79 S (Highway 79 South, between the gas station and the post office).
  • Head south for approximately 4 miles.
  • Turn left onto K Q Ranch Road.
  • Go approximately 0.25 miles on K Q Ranch Road. Turn right onto the dirt road (Kenis/ Christiansen Private Road).
  • Wait at the California Wolf Center sign for an escort. Do not proceed on the dirt road without an escort.
  • Reservations are required. Due to limited seating, you may not be admitted if you arrive without a reservation.
  • Pets are not allowed at the California Wolf Center. Pets may not be left in vehicles during your visit.
  • Parental guidance is required for all guests under the age of 18.
  • Please arrive at the specified check in time. As a courtesy to others, late arrivals will not be admitted.
  • Please wait for an escort when you reach the dirt road. For your safety and for the safety of the animals on exhibit, all tours are guided. You must remain with your escort and/or guide at all times.
  • Cameras and binoculars are welcome. Photographs may be taken through the enclosure fences. If you would like an opportunity to photograph the wolves without fencing, check out our photography tours.
  • The California Wolf Center experiences extreme temperatures and weather conditions. Dress in layers, as the weather can be unpredictable. Wear comfortable closed-toed walking shoes and bring sun protection such as hats, sunglasses, sunscreen, etc. Sun protection is recommended even during the winter. Summer weather can be very hot and dry. The California Wolf Center sells bottled water on site, but you may bring your own water as well. Winter weather can be wet and cold, so remember to bring appropriate clothing (warm jacket, gloves, hat, scarf, etc). Call 760-765-0030 to check weather and road conditions before your visit.
  • The California Wolf Center is located down 3/4 of a mile of rugged dirt road. Please drive slowly on this road (10 miles per hour or less). Large vehicles (buses, RVs, etc) and motorcycles are not permitted on this road. In wet weather, the road to the Center may be difficult or impossible to navigate without 4-wheel drive.
  • It is sometimes necessary to cancel programs due to weather. Every effort will be made to contact you before the time of the program if this occurs. You may also call 760-765-0030 to check weather and road conditions before your visit.
  • Please note that the land surrounding the California Wolf Center is private property whose owners are not associated with the California Wolf Center. Please respect their property rights and refrain from entering their property. Trespassers may be prosecuted to the extent allowed by law.

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