Nice Time to Explore Santa Ana NWR
by Christine Donald
published January 2017
Awwww! Finally some cooler weather
here in the valley. As there is a slight nip
in the air and we are wearing sweaters,
now we can explore Santa Ana NWR
more comfortably. It is a nice time to
get out and walk the many abundant
trails to burn off all those extra calories
that we are all consuming.
Cookies and cakes are abundant
around this time of year and you may be
like me, trying to avoid my clothes from
shrinking or should I say my stomach increasing.
Thank goodness for spandex.
Santa Ana also offers a tram this time
of year that will take you to explore further
out on the refuge. The seven mile
tour route lets you see more of the refuge
as you listen to the guide talking
about the refuge's, history, plants, and
animals. There are several stops where
you can get out and stretch your legs and
take a short hike.
If you are a birder, great news. We are
now offering guided bird hikes Thursday-Saturday
By the end of the month through March,
we will offer daily birding tours.
Participants meet at the visitor center by 8:30 a.m. and are led out onto the refuge by volunteer birding guides.
Birding programs are free once you
pay your entry fee. The tram fees are
$4.00 for adults 13 years old to 61 years
old, Seniors, $3.50 for 62 years old and
up, $2.00 for kids 3 to 12 years old, and
free for kids 2 years old and younger after
your entry fee is paid.
Larger groups, please call the refuge
at 956-784-7500 to get registered.
times are 9:30 a.m., Noon, and 2:00 p.m.
Tuesday - Sunday.
Hope to see all of you there.