Driving Directions

NOTE: Due to construction on Highway 69 south of Westcliffe, please budget an extra hour for your trip.

Mission: Wolf welcomes visitors Monday-Wednesday and Friday-Saturday, from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m.

Thursdays and Sundays are closed to drop-in visitors. These days are reserved for volunteers who are willing to contribute their time and energy for at least a few hours, to assist us on current sanctuary projects. Please contact us beforehand if you are interested in this option. We appreciate your understanding!

We highly encourage drop-in visitors to arrive by 11 a.m. on Wednesday or Saturday to experience the wolves on their feeding day, when they are at their most active, and to potentially participate in a Wolf Behavioral Session.

Please DO NOT bring your dog to our sanctuary.


Beware GPS! Once on the dirt roads stick to the directions listed below or you will get lost.

From Westcliffe (coming from the north): Follow Highway 69 south approximately 30 miles and turn left on Gardner Road (County Road 634). Follow Gardner Road for 13.2 miles, keeping right at two “Y” intersections in the first 5 miles. At the Blue Spring State Land Trust sign and cattle guard, turn right. Follow the Mission: Wolf driveway 1.6 miles along a fence line and bowing left across the field, all the way up the hill to the sanctuary. This route may be extremely muddy with large snowdrifts from November through May.

From Gardner (coming from the south): Follow Highway 69 west from Gardner for 2 miles, and turn right on Gardner Road (County Road 634, a dirt road.) Follow Gardner Road for 13.2 miles, keeping right at two “Y” intersections in the first 5 miles. At the Blue Spring State Land Trust sign and cattle guard, turn right. Follow the Mission: Wolf driveway 1.6 miles along a fence line and bowing left across the field, all the way up the hill to the sanctuary. This route may be extremely muddy with large snowdrifts from November through May.

From Bishop’s Castle on Hwy 165: Drive one mile northwest on Hwy 165 and turn left at Ophir Creek Campground. Follow Ophir Creek Road south for 16 miles, turn left at the Mission: Wolf driveway, just before the Blue Spring State Land Trust cattle guard. Drive 1.6 miles along a fence line and bowing left across the field, and all the way up the hill to the sanctuary. This route is closed in winter.

From Taos, NM or Great Sand Dunes via Hwy 160 (coming from the southwest/west): From Fort Garland, CO, take Hwy 160 east for 18.5 miles. Turn left onto Pass Creek Road, a dirt road, which turns into CR 570. After 12 miles on Pass Creek/CR 570, turn right onto CR 550, a paved road, at the T intersection. Drive 5 miles to Hwy 69 and turn left. Follow the directions above from Gardner. This route may have deep snow in winter.

Mission: Wolf can be found on Google Maps here, but please follow our directions, not Google’s. You will arrive here in one piece with our directions.