Fodor's Expert Review Imperial National Wildlife Refuge

Imperial National Wildlife Refuge Nature Preserve/Wildlife Refuge

A guided, volunteer-led tour is a good way to visit this wildlife refuge and birder's paradise. The peak seasons for bird-watching are spring and fall, when you can expect to see everything from pelicans and cormorants to Canada geese, snowy egrets, and some rarer species. Mid-October through May is the most pleasant time to visit, as it's cooler and the ever-present mosquitoes are least active.

Kids especially enjoy the 1¼-mile Painted Desert Trail, which winds through the different levels of the Sonoran Desert. From an observation tower at the visitor center, you can see the river as well as the fields where migrating birds like to feed. You can sign up for guided walks from November through March.

Nature Preserve/Wildlife Refuge Family Free

Quick Facts

12812 Wildlife Way
Yuma, Arizona  85365, USA


Sight Details:
Rate Includes: Free, Visitor center closed weekdays Apr.–mid-Nov.

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