Upcoming Event

Guided Bird Walks at Santa Ana National Wildlife Refuge

Our wonderful volunteers, John, Sue, Laura and Steve will be conducting guided bird walks Monday - Saturday at 8:30 am.
Grab your binoculars or check out a pair at our visitors center and discover the magic of migration that flies through Santa Ana NWR.

February - 21, 22, 23, 24
February - 26,27,28
8:30 AM - 11:00 AM
Call (956) 784-7500

Photo Workshop
Photography Workshop with Joe Anderson
Join us as volunteer Joe Anderson shows us a crash course on wildlife photography techniques.
Try out your new skills by taking a hike down one of our trails and taking a few snaps at some wildlife in action.
Free Event with $5 Parking Fee
Free for Inter-agency Pass Holders.
Date: February 24
10:00 am - 2:00 pm
Call (956) 784-7500

Santa Ana National Wildlife Refuge in Alamo

Winter Texan Attractions

Santa Ana National Wildlife Refuge - Winter Texan AttractionsOne of the big Winter Texan Attractions in the Rio Grande Valley is The Santa Ana National Wildlife Refuge, located at 3325 Green Jay Road in Alamo, Texas. [Follow this link for a map]. Established in 1943, this National Wildlife Refuge is the oldest in the Lower Rio Grande Valley. With over 2,000 acres, this refuge was originally created as a migratory bird sanctuary. Today the refuge protects hundreds of plant and wildlife species and attracts thousands of winter tourists very season.

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Santa Ana National Wildlife Refuge is a Registered National Natural Landmark and It was one of the first federal areas to be given this recognition.

Santa Ana National Wildlife Refuge is located along an east-west and north-south juncture which is a major migratory route for numerous species of birds. Nicknamed the ‘jewel of the National Wildlife Refuge System', the area is right in the middle of a biological diversity that offers visitors viewing opportunities of wildlife species not seen in other parts of the country.

The refuge's Visitor Center has a gift shop and is open from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. daily and as you approach you'll see and hear a variety birds sounding off as you enter this rare tropical world.

There are 14 miles of hiking trails you can venture down. Among them are Chachalaca Trail, Cattail Lakes Trail, Pintail Lakes Trail and Tree Tower Overlook.
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Every winter you can ride the open-air tram that covers the 7-mile wildlife drive by local guides and features a visit to the historic cemetery and a view of the Rio Grande River.
The winter schedule is November through April with departure times at 9:30 am, 12 noon and 2 pm. The tram rides are closed Thanksgiving, Christmas and New Tears Day.
Call (956) 784-7500 for more details or follow this link.

The Winter Texan attractions are part of the allure of the Rio Grande Valley and this beautiful tropical landscape full of wildlife awaits you at the Santa Ana National Wildlife Refuge, managed by the U.S. Fish & Wildlife Service.

Entrance fees are charged by the vehicle and fees are charged based on the group or individuals entering. There is NO CHARGE the first Sunday of every month!
General Visitors - $5.00 vehicle parking fee
Follow this link for more information on entrance fees -

Contact information:
3325 Green Jay Rd.
Alamo, Texas 78516
Phone: (956)784-7500
Website: www.fws.gov/refuge/Santa_Ana
Facebook: www.facebook.com/SantaAnaNWR

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Tram Tours


The tram is back!

Tram tours available Thursday - Sunday.
9:30am, Noon, 2:00pm
Fees: 62+ $3.50, 13 - 61 $4.00, 3 - 12 $2.00, 2& under Free

For details, call: (956) 784-7500