Refuge Announces the Cancellation of Fall Interpretive Tours 

U.S. Department of the Interior and U.S. Fish & Wildlife Service

News Release: In keeping with guidance from the White House and Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) and acting out of an abundance of caution, Wichita Mountains Wildlife Refuge is cancelling its fall interpretive tours. These highly popular tours traditionally provide visitors the opportunity to view Rocky Mountain Elk and colorful fall foliage on bus tours and guided hikes through the Refuge. We are committed to doing our part to slow the spread of COVID-19 and to ensure the health and safety of our employees, volunteers, and you–our friends and neighbors. Refuge lands, including nature trails and outdoor recreational activities, remain open to the public. Please visit refuge information kiosks or brochure boxes for visitor information and refuge maps. We apologize for the inconvenience and will continue to provide updates as they become available.

Though the tours will not take place, the refuge remains open daily from sunrise to sunset for recreation and wildlife viewing. Please remember to use pull-outs along the roadways or official parking areas to stop and observe wildlife rather than stopping in the road to prevent accidents and disruptions to traffic flow.
Please check our website for updates and changes of operations or postponement of events and programs https://www.fws.gov/refuge/wichita_mountains/. Updates about Service’s response to coronavirus is available at https://www.fws.gov/home/public-health-update.html. Updates can also be found on Facebook @WichitaMountainsWildlifeRefuge.
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