Pixley National Wildlife Refuge
Visitors to the Pixley National Wildlife Refuge may be surprised to see it is home to small seasonal marsh wetlands yet what they may not know is that it has some of the last significant acres of Southern San Joaquin Valley Grassland habitat. This habitat type provides nesting, foraging, and cover for a variety of species including threatened Tipton kangaroo rat, blunt-nosed leapord lizard, and the endangered San Joaquin kit fox. During the winter months, it is the best place in the Southern San Joaquin Valley to view Sandhill Cranes. 


  • Nature Trail
    • A 1.5 mile walking trail open to the public highlights 13 stops with interpretive panels and wildlife viewing areas. An observation deck at the end of the trail provides a view of areas that cannot be seen from the ground. The trail and observation deck are open from sunrise to sunset, seven days a week. Please keep in mind that hiking is allowed on the nature trail only; all other areas are closed to the public.
  • Wildlife Observation and Photography
    • The Refuge is one of very few areas in the Southern San Joaquin Valley where the public can enjoy viewing Sandhill Cranes, which roost here from September through March with numbers peaking to 6,000. The best time of year to observe Sandhill Cranes, as well as other wintering birds, is during the late winter and early months of spring.
  • Hunting
    • Pixley National Wildlife Refuge is closed to ALL forms of hunting.


  • Pixley NWR is located 35 miles south of Tulare, and 45 miles north of Bakersfield in the San Joaquin Valley, California.

Contact Pixley National Wildlife Refuge

P.O. Box 670
Delano, California  93216-0670
Phone: 661-725-2767


Service Area

Services provided in:
  • Tulare County, California

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