M:W and COVID-19 Update 7/8/2020
- 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
During the winter, our roads may have heavy snowdrifts on them. If you choose to visit, call ahead of time to make sure the road is passable. 2WD passenger vehicles will likely not make it up our 1.5 mile driveway.
Please DO NOT bring your dog to the sanctuary.
Directions: Please don’t use Google Maps or a GPS! You will get lost! Click here for our simple, accurate directions.
Cost and Space: Camping is allowed free of charge at Mission: Wolf. We have space for 10-15 tents in our campsite. If you need more space or privacy, additional primitive camping is available a half-mile down the road on National Forest land. We also have a 380-square-foot tipi available for the public, for a suggested donation of $20 per person per night ($100 per night for a group of 5+). The tipi is a community space that can comfortably sleep 8+ people, so you may find yourself sharing the space with other visitors.
What We Offer: An educational tour of the sanctuary, a flat spot for camping, a fire ring (usable only if there is not a fire ban), an outdoor kitchen, a bathroom (no shower), and picnic tables.
What You Bring: Any camping equipment you need to be comfortable in our unpredictable mountain weather, including tent, sleeping bag, sleeping pad, appropriate clothing and shoes, etc. You must also bring your own food, toilet paper, and drinking water — we are happy to provide guests with drinking water if needed, but our supply is very limited and shared among our wolves, our greenhouses, and our on-site staff. Please plan ahead and stock up on your supplies before arriving, as the nearest town is 45 minutes away. We are also completely off-the-grid, and rely on solar energy. This means that if you need to charge any electronics, you must bring along your own external battery packs.
Volunteer: We encourage campers to get involved and help out in whatever way they can. You can pitch in on many different projects around the sanctuary, including helping in the greenhouses, splitting and hauling firewood, processing meat for the wolves, and many, many other possible tasks. Upon request, we are happy to provide a record of the community service hours you worked with us.
Surrounding Area: Our property sits adjacent to thousands of acres of National Forest and State Trust land. While you are here, we welcome you to explore the Wet Mountains around the sanctuary. The Sangre de Cristo mountain range sits across the valley from us, and the Great Sand Dunes National Park is a few hours drive away or a quick hike through Mosca Pass. Click here for more info about nearby hiking, camping, and other things to do.
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 can be unpredictable; intense storms bring strong winds and precipitation throughout the year. Come prepared for the weather and the elevation. We recommend low-profile tents in case of gale-force winds. Extra tent stakes and thin cord always come in handy for wind-proofing tents.
Please give us a few days notice before your arrival. Let us know how many people are in your group, how long you intend to stay, and how many volunteer hours you want to contribute. Although we do not charge any fees for visiting or camping, donations are appreciated and are tax-deductible. If you would like to bring an organized experiential education group, please read about our experiential education program.