Pixley National Wildlife Refuge

Quick Facts

Pixley National Wildlife Refuge


(661) 725-2767


Things To Do


Pixley National Wildlife Refuge is located 35 miles south of Tulare, and 45 miles north of Bakersfield in the San Joaquin Valley, California. The 6,389-acre refuge represents one of the few remaining examples of the grasslands, vernal pools, and playas that once bordered historic Tulare Lake. Over 100 bird and 6 reptile species use the refuge. Approximately 300 acres of managed wetlands provide habitat for migratory waterfowl and shorebirds. Threatened and endangered species include the San Joaquin kit fox, blunt-nosed leopard lizard, Tipton kangaroo rat, and the vernal pool fairy shrimp. A one a half mile walking trail open to the public highlights 13 stops with interpretive panels and wildlife viewing areas. An observation deck at the end of the trail provides a view of areas that cannot be seen from the ground.

Map of Pixley NWR

Latitude, Longitude: 35.918528, -119.392548



If planning to visit the Refuge during the winter months, please keep in mind temperatures can be quite cold due to the dense patches of "Tule" fog; please dress accordingly. Summer and fall temperatures at the Refuge can be hot and require plenty of sunblock, hat, and water. Please keep in mind, there is no water on the Refuge.

Phone Numbers


(661) 725-2767