Coachella Valley National Wildlife Refuge, CA

Fish and Wildlife Service

Coachella Valley National Wildlife Refuge

Established in 1985 as part of the Coachella Valley Preserve, the Refuge serves as a sanctuary for the rare Coachella Valley fringe-toed lizard and many other desert dwelling species. This lizard, federally...[more]


906 West Sinclair Road
Calipatria, CA 92233

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Coachella Valley Refuge is almost entirely closed to the public to protect the Coachella Valley Federally-listed threatened fringe-toed lizard. However, the nearby Center for Natural Lands Management Thousand Palms Oasis Preserve has a Visitors¿ Center and a gated parking lot at the hub of their trail system at 29200 Thousand Palms Canyon Road, Thousand Palms, CA. The CNLM Preserve gates are open from 7:00 a.m. to 6:00 p.m. from May through September and from 7:00 am to 5:00 p.m. October through April. The parking area at the Visitors¿ Center is small so large groups should call ahead.

This charming old building was built in the 1930s and 1940s and contains displays of the natural and historic features of the CNLM and CV Preserves. It is closed in the summer from June 1 through August 31, but the preserve remains open for hiking and picnicking year-round. The Visitor Center hours are dependent on the availability of Volunteer staffing. Call the Visitors¿ Center to confirm the current hours of operation at 760-343-2733.

From the Visitors¿ Center, 28 miles of trails lead to a wide range of habitats. From easy to moderately difficult, from flat terrain to ridges, hikes of all varieties are available for your enjoyment. There are several designated equestrian trails as well as hiking. Currently there are no bike trails or dog-friendly trails available.

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