Wind Wolves Preserve

The preserve is an ecologically unique region where the Transverse Ranges, Coast Ranges, Sierra Nevada, western Mojave Desert and San Joaquin Valley converge. Due to elevation ranging from 640 to 6,005 feet, the preserve has an impressive array of landforms and habitats that serve as a critical landscape linkage and wildlife corridor between the Coast Ranges and Sierra Nevada. At 93,000 acres, Wind Wolves is the west coast's largest non-profit preserve. An important conservation outcome of TWC's ownership is that TWC led a Tejon Ranch Working Group of conservation organizations that resulted in a plan to double the target amount of conserved land on the neighboring Tejon Ranch to over 230,000 acres.

Tule elk were reintroduced to the Wind Wolves Preserve, the southern most extension of their historic range. The elk herd has grown to more than 200 elk and the California Department of Fish and Game estimates the preserve can support up to 2,500 elk. Currently the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service is placing stillborn calves on the preserve for the California Condor, which can be seen regularly. When the elk herd reaches 2,000, elk will die weekly of attrition, which will aid the condors in becoming free living once more.

On the San Joaquin Valley floor, the preserve is a 30-square-mile veritable sea of grasslands with remnant stands of saltbush. These grasslands are home to the endangered San Joaquin kit fox and blunt-nosed leopard lizard, and one of the largest stands of the endangered Bakersfield cactus. Rolling grasslands rise from the valley floor and transition into classic California blue oak and valley oak savanna with extensive riparian wetlands. The oak savanna rises into juniper and pinyon forests that ascend into stands of ponderosa pine and big cone spruce.

At 93,000 acres, Wind Wolves Preserve is the West Coast's largest nonprofit preserve.

Conservation Outcomes

An important conservation outcome of The Wildlands Conservancy’s ownership has been TWC's influence on preserving the neighboring Tejon Ranch. When a national land trust struck a deal to save 100,000 acres of Tejon Ranch, leaving the remaining 170,000 up for grabs, TWC started the Tejon Ranch Working Group with representatives from 10 environmental organizations. We brought in development experts and investment analysts who showed how clustering density on 30,000 acres could affect the conservation of 240,000 acres with better shareholder certainty. A version of the TWC proposal was implemented by Tejon Ranch with the backing of the environmental community.

Visitor Opportunities

At Wind Wolves, The Wildlands Conservancy offers free outdoor education programs in which over 153,000 children have participated. The Wind Wolves Preserve is open to the public daily from 8 am to 5 pm for hiking, mountain biking, and picnicking. Tent camping is available by advanced reservation. There are seasonal wildflower and wildlife viewing tours by vehicles. For more information, call 661.858.1115.


16019 Maricopa Hwy.
Bakersfield, CA 93311


Upcoming Activities

All programs are offered at no charge to participants. Reservations are required. To RSVP, call Wind Wolves Preserve at 661.858.1115, or e-mail your request to

none Guided Weekend Hikes
We have a variety of guided walks and hikes available, from an easy two-mile walk to a moderately difficult ten-mile hike. Stops will be made for wildlife observation, photography, and spectacular views. All ages welcome.
PLEASE NOTE: There will not be a Guided Hike on May 3rd or 17th.

none Birding Hike
A slow-paced hike through riparian, saltbush, and oak woodland habitats to discover the birds that live in these areas. We will drive to different habitats so you can see more of the preserve! Hike is led by Naturalist & birder Megan. All ages and experience levels.

none EarthArt
Celebrate the earth by creating EarthArt from natural materials found during a short guided hike by a naturalist. Then, assemble your own unique artwork. All artwork will remain on display for future viewing.

none Mommy and Me
Parents come out and enjoy a FREE outdoor activity with your little ones. Activities vary every month from bird watching and bird nest building, painting masterpieces in nature, and reading children-friendly books outdoors. Fun for all ages! **Birding activity includes a small hike**

none Night Hike
This two-hour moonlit hike will start just before sunset and end after dark. Naturalists will discuss nighttime wonders including nocturnal animals, fluorescent minerals, bioluminescent insects, and constellations. Bring a dinner to enjoy before the hike begins at sunset. All ages (no strollers please).

none Plant then Play at the Preserve
Come for a morning of fun for the whole family. We will plant native plants in our flowerbeds around the preserve office and finish with enough time for you to have a family picnic and hike. Great for all ages!

none San Emigdio Canyon Hike
Naturalist Jana and Linda will lead a 10-mile hike following the historic El Camino Viejo (hiking down from Pine Mt. Club to Preserve). Explore the history, native plants, wildlife and geology of the area. This hike is appropriate for experienced hikers. Bring your own water and lunch. Some hiking experience recommended. Ages 13 and up.

none Outdoor Survival Preparedness
Kids and their parents learn how to stay safe and sound in nature. Your naturalist will lead activities and demonstrations. Kids will receive a safety whistle, lanyard and certificate. Ages 4 to 18. No strollers please.

none Trash to Treasure
Create treasures with recyclable materials along with Naturalist Sami. Reuse before you recycle! For ages 4 and up.