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Santa Ana National Wildlife Refuge Visitor Center
Open seven days a week
8 a.m. to 4 p.m.

Daily Permits:
General Visitors - $3.00 per vehicle
Groups (commercial or non-commercial) - $1.00 per person ($3.00 minimum)
School Groups – Free (includes all accompanying teachers, aides, and parents)

Annual & Lifetime Permits:
Annual Refuge Pass (valid at Santa Ana and Laguna Atascosa NWRs) $10
Federal Duck Stamp (valid at all NWRs) $15
Interagency Annual Pass $80
Interagency Access Pass (lifetime pass) Free
Interagency Senior Pass (lifetime pass) $10

FREE entry the first Sunday of every month!

The Visitor Center is closed on Thanksgiving, Christmas and New Year's Day.

After hours, visitors can pay (with exact change) at a self-pay station located near the entrance of the Visitor Center. Otherwise, daily and annual permits can be purchased inside. Eighty percent of visitor entrance fees are used for projects on the Refuge so know that most of your money directly benefits Santa Ana NWR.

The Nature Store:
The Santa Ana NWR Visitor Center has a nature store operated by the Friends of Santa Ana NWR (a.k.a. The Friends of the Wildlife Corridor). Here you will find excellent wildlife-related items, including field guides, children's books, hummingbird feeders, t-shirts, hats, and much more. All proceeds from the nature store benefit the Santa Ana and Lower Rio Grande Valley NWRs.

Join the many volunteers that help make Santa Ana NWR the amazing place that it is! Volunteers spend their time leading nature walks, conducting environmental education classes for kids, leading canoe trips on the Rio Grande, working in the native plant nursery, staffing the Visitor Center, and working on challenging maintenance projects that help keep the Refuge running smoothly. If you would like to know more about the volunteer program, please contact the Refuge's Volunteer Coordinator at 956-784-7500.

How to Get Here: Refuge headquarters is located seven miles south of Alamo, Texas, on FM 907 about 1/4 mile east on U.S. Highway 281.

Santa Ana NWR Visitor Center
3325 Green Jay Rd.
Alamo, Texas 78516