Day Visits

M:W and COVID-19 Update 01/01/2021
Dear Supporters,
Mission: Wolf has decided to remain closed to visitors for the foreseeable future as per our county’s latest regulations. Volunteers are an essential part of our operation and accordingly, we will work with day and overnight volunteers. Please contact us at or 719-859-2157 if you are interested in this opportunity.
If you visit the sanctuary as a volunteer, we ask that you observe the following protocols:
  • Bring and wear a mask
  • Practice social distancing between your group and others, including the staff member giving the tour
  • Please come prepared to spend at least a few hours at the refuge, bring any necessary water, snacks, clothing layers, gloves, etc.
  • Email or call before your visit to ensure that our protocols have not changed
Thank you again for your support and we hope everyone is staying safe!
-M:W Staff

Please DO NOT bring your dog to the sanctuary.

Hours: We welcome visitors Tuesday-Wednesday and Friday-Sunday, from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. You must call ahead if you have a party of 10 or more. Plan to spend a few hours volunteering with us on a Thursday or Monday visit, as these days are closed to drop-in visitors.

Directions: Please don’t rely on Google Maps or a GPS! We are in a remote location with unreliable cell service – you may get lost! Click here for our simple, accurate directions.

Cost: We do not charge any fees to visit the sanctuary. We ask for cash donations or items from our Wish List. Please be fair, generous, and honest with how much you can give. As a 501(c)(3) non-profit with no government funding, we run entirely on your donations.

Wolf Behavioral Session: We absolutely cannot guarantee a wolf visit. We try to offer visitors a Wolf Behavioral Session on Wednesdays and Sundays — provided the wolves, the weather, and our many projects agree with one another. The wolves are most active on Wednesday and Sunday because these are feeding days, so these are generally the best days to see the wolves. Please arrive by 11 a.m. to get a tour before having the chance to experience the behavioral session/feeding — although during the winter, there is no set time for the feeding or the behavioral session, so the earlier you arrive, the better. The worst days to visit the refuge are Thursdays and Mondays, when the wolves are asleep and digesting. The wolves are lethargic after our feeds, becoming more social as they slowly digest their huge meal. This is why Thursdays and Mondays are now closed to drop-in visitors, and reserved for those who will volunteer a few hours of their time to assist with sanctuary projects.

Children: Children are welcome to visit Mission: Wolf. However, we strongly recommend a minimum age of 7 years old. Our wolves see children as puppies and want to play with them — when they can’t, the wolves get frustrated and take this energy out on their pack-mates. Because younger children are more likely to rile up the wolves, for safety purposes, you may be limited to certain areas on the tour.

Volunteer: If you are visiting on a Thursday or Monday, we will put you to work for a few hours to help out around the sanctuary. We always have projects to do! Whatever skills you have, we can find a way to put them to work. There is always a need for people to do metalworking, carpentry, gardening, chainsaw work, and other forms of skilled labor. Read more about volunteering here.

Camping: We have a primitive tent campsite available free of charge — donations are appreciated. Please read about camping overnight before planning your visit.

Surrounding Area: It’s easy to incorporate other destinations into your visit to Mission: Wolf. Click here for more info about our area.

Winter Conditions: November through May, our roads are frequently impassable due to snow drifts and deep mud. There is no cell phone coverage on our roads. Come prepared to dig yourself out of a snowdrift or hike to find help. We recommend that you bring tire chains, a shovel, and enough clothing and food to survive a night in your vehicle at -40°F.

Weather: Mission: Wolf is located 9,300 feet above sea level. Mountain weather is unpredictable and changes quickly. No matter the season, be prepared for anything. In general, summer is hot and sunny with afternoon thunderstorms and cool nights. Fall has a mix of cold and warm days with cold nights. Our first snow typically falls in early October, and the majority of our snow falls in March and April. Winter is sunny but extremely cold. Large snowdrifts can block roads. To check our local weather forecast, click here.