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Merced National Wildlife Refuge

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7430 W. Sandy Mush Rd, On State Hwy 59, then 8 miles west on Sandy Mush Road, Merced, CA 93635
+1 209-826-3508
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Lovely Winter Walk

If you just to get out of the house on a winter day, this is the perfect place for a run or a walk... read more

Reviewed 15 October 2016
sas626
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Merced, California
Family Trip

This is a great trip for a nature walk. The center offers tours of the wildlife park. It was fun... read more

Reviewed 12 September 2016
Happygirls3
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Merced, California
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  • Excellent68%
  • Very good25%
  • Average7%
  • Poor0%
  • Terrible0%
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“sandhill cranes” (10 reviews)
“snow geese” (9 reviews)
“take pictures” (3 reviews)
LOCATION
7430 W. Sandy Mush Rd, On State Hwy 59, then 8 miles west on Sandy Mush Road, Merced, CA 93635
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+1 209-826-3508
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Reviewed 15 October 2016

If you just to get out of the house on a winter day, this is the perfect place for a run or a walk, and time to talk with whoever you're with. Complete quiet . You are alone. Just go .

Thank sas626
Reviewed 12 September 2016 via mobile

This is a great trip for a nature walk. The center offers tours of the wildlife park. It was fun for a field trip at school as well.

Thank Happygirls3
Reviewed 2 August 2016 via mobile

Was there on Saturday, had the place all to myself. If you are interested in nature photography, this is fantastic. I photographed kestrels,jays, pigeons Jack rabbits, cows, house sparrows, and stoats. Really enjoyed my visit. It's well laid out and great to get it to...More

Thank meezygo
Reviewed 13 July 2016 via mobile

Now this a nice place to visit at least once. There's a whole lotta birds out there.We've been out there several times the kids and I really enjoy it.

Thank albertMerced
Reviewed 16 April 2016 via mobile

Great place to visit. Highly recommended. Will definitely go back again when weather is much warmer ❤️❤️

Thank KristaraChastain
Reviewed 6 April 2016

This place was very serene and beautiful. There were hundreds of birds to watch. There are multiple walking trails and also auto tour trails spread out at different location throughout the refuge. Best of all, it's free and the sunsets are golden! If you love...More

Thank sbidwell
Reviewed 4 April 2016 via mobile

I went there with a couple of friends, there were many birds and the scenery was awesome, full moon and swarms of birds frying and singing. Nice experience and I definitely recommend to go for a break.

Thank Jose S
Reviewed 15 March 2016

Don't miss the arrival of the geese and other birds that descend into the wetlands of Merced's National Wildlife Refuge. Do not forget your binoculars as many of the birds roost in the trees during the evening hours. Make sure to arrive before the gates...More

1  Thank Serenitygardens
Reviewed 19 February 2016 via mobile

This place is a great place for a scenic stroll and see tons different wildlife. When we went there were very few people on the trails, it's almost as if we had the place to ourselves. We stay up until the sun began to set...More

Thank BPMPMH
Reviewed 13 January 2016

We were in Merced for a funeral but knew we'd have some free time. I checked the "things to do" on TripAdvisor and this came up #1. We were pleasantly surprised to find it was at least as good as others thought. We arrived in...More

2  Thank GallopingGramma
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