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.

In 1998, The Wildlands Conservancy collaborated with California Department of Fish and Wildlife to reintroduce 19 tule elk, a species previously on the brink of extinction, to Wind Wolves Preserve. The herd has since grown to more than 300 elk and plays an important role in the Preserve’s ecosystem.

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.


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.


At Wind Wolves, The Wildlands Conservancy offers free outdoor education programs in which over 165,000 children have participated. The Wind Wolves Preserve is open to the public daily from 8 am to 6 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


Visitor Resources


Spring Nature Festival

Spring 2020 | dates to be determined

Join us at our annual Spring Nature Festival! The festival is free for the public to attend and will include, educational talks and hands-on activities, preserve restoration projects, local exhibitors, and more!

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Child in the Wild

Our annual fall fundraiser to support Wind Wolves Preserve's award-winning outdoor education program. This exclusive evening event features local music talents, an opportunity drawing, and more, while guests dine on delectable hors d'oeurves and desserts, accompanied with a selection of drinks.

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All programs are offered at no charge to participants. Registration is required for certain programs. Please visit the online program calendar to register for specific programs.

Online Program Calendar & Registration

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Backcountry Safari
This backcountry vehicle safari will allow you to visit our "Authorized Access Only" areas. Toursw include animal sightings, natural history, Native American history, rock art, wildflowers (seasonal) and much more! The tour vehicle has an air conditioning and heating for the comfort of our riders. The safari involves easy hiking at scenic locations. Ages 8 and up. Bring your picnic lunch and water.

San Emigdio Express
This is a weekend shuttle service to catch a ride along the historic El Camino Viejo (The Old Road) to trailheads within San Emigdio Canyuon. Express runs start at 8:30 am, 12:30 pm, and 3:30 pm. Catch a ride with us for more hiking opportunities! The 3:30 pm shuttle run is mainly a pick-up service for hikers up canyon. Please note: this is not a tour, and the service is on a first come, first served basis.

Parents come out and enjoy a FREE outdoor activity with your kids. Activities vary from bird watching and bird nest building, painting or using oil pastels to create masterpieces in nature, and reading children-friendly books outdoors. Best for ages 4 to 12.

Guided Nature Hike
Join a Naturalist for a casual guided hike from the Crossing Parking Lot to Ravens Landing and back! The total distance is about 2 miles, with some uphill sections. This hike is perfect for families looking to get some exercise together, learning about wildlife and plants along the way! Recommended for ages 6 and up. Trail is not stroller friendly.

Movies in the Canyon
Featuring the San Emigdio Canyon Sunset Theater, a relaxing evening awaits for visitors who come up to Wind Wolves Preserve for a picnic dinner and a family-friendly movi, all while being surrounded by beautiful views. Bring your picnic dinner, flashlights, chairs, and blankets. All movies are rated G or PG. The San Emigdio Canyon Sunset Theater is lcoated near the administration center with parking near by. All ages welcome!

Night Hike
This two-hour guided hike will involves targazing or moon viewing, depending on the lunar cycle. Naturalists will discuss nighttime wonders such as nocturnal animals and sensory awareness activities. Blacklights may be provided to discover glow in the dark critters. Recommended for ages 6 and up. Trail is not stroller friendly. Please note that start times for the hikes vary according to sunset time. Bring flashlights! Total hiking distance is about 2 miles with some uphill sections.

Volunteer Days
We need your help! Our volunteer events are fun and rewarding, allowing you to meet new people, learn and share knowledge, and make a positive difference for the plants and animals that live on the preserve. Working alongside rangers, you have the opportunity to help save endangered species, remove invasive plants, work in our native nursery, monitor species populations, and more. All ages welcome!

Wilderness Guided Hike
Naturalists will lead a 6-7 mile hike through wilderness that once was the route of the wagons traveling between El Pueblo de Los Angeles and early San Francisco. The hike will begin at the El Camino Viejo Wilderness trailhead within San Emigdio Canyon, heading south into the lush wilderness with chances to see bears, mule deer, bird life, unique geological features, and more. This hike easy to moderate hike is appropriate for ages 8 and up. Bring your own water and lunch.