The Wichita Mountains National Wildlife Refuge will be conducting “Historical Sites Tours” for the general public during the month of March (see tour schedule for exact dates).
Participants will be taken to various locations throughout the Refuge where guides will discuss the establishment of the Refuge, changes to the Refuge since its establishment, contributions by the CCC and the WPA programs, the history of the Holy City of the Wichitas, and the origins of the Refuge herds of American bison, Rocky Mountain elk, and the Texas longhorn cattle. The majority of the program is a bus tour, however, there will be a few short walks to view some of the historical sites.
The tours will begin at the Visitor Center. The Visitor Center location is noted on the Refuge map which is available online or may obtained from one of the dispensers located at each of the five entrances to the Refuge. The tours are conducted by members of the Association of the Friends of the Wichitas.
These programs are intended for individuals and family groups. Reservations are limited to one family (up to six individuals) per telephone call. Children must be at least eight years old. Restrooms are not available on the tours. Wheelchair access is available if requested at the time of reservation. Refuge tours are dependent upon wildlife and weather conditions. Tours may be canceled or modified if adverse conditions exist. Program dates are tentative as of 1/1/2020.
Reservations are required. Reservations will be retained until 10 minutes before each scheduled program’s start time. After that time, stand-bys will be accepted. If the bus seating is filled after accepting stand-bys, late arrivals with reservations will not be able to participate in the program. For reservations call (580) 429-2197, weekdays from 9:00 am – 5:00 pm, starting on the reservation date indicated. For additional information visit: www.fws.gov/refuge/Wichita_Mountains