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.

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.

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.


Public Programs

All public programs offered at the preserve are free of charge! Certain programs require registration in order to participate. Visit our public program webpage for additional details and registration information.

Public Programs Webpage

Spring Nature Festival

Spring 2020

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

Festival Webpage

Child in the Wild

Our annual fall fundraiser to support Wind Wolves Preserve's award-winning outdoor education programs. 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.

Fundraiser Webpage


8:00 am to 5:00 pm





Click on the campground below for more details!


  • Parking
  • Restrooms
  • Drinking Water
    available at any preserve restroom
  • Shaded Picnic Areas

The preserve is located 37 miles south of Bakersfield on Highway 166 east of Maricopa.

Get Driving Directions

  • Black Bears
  • Poison Oak
  • Mountain Lions
  • Rattlesnakes
  • Stinging Nettle
  • Ticks
  • Extreme Summer Heat
    Bring plenty of water for you and your dogs while visiting the preserve in the summer.

To enhance the quality of everyone's visit, please observe this summary of rules for your safety and protection of the preserve.

  • Stay on designated trails
  • Dogs on leash
  • Smoking prohibited
  • Drones prohibited
  • A person may not pick, cut, mutilate, or remove plants or other natural resources


Wind Wolves Preserve
16019 Maricopa Highway
Bakersfield, CA 93311
(661) 858-1115


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